International Federation of the Phonographic Industry

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The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is the world association of the phonographic industry . The association was founded in 1933, the German section in 1958 (since 2007 as BVMI ).


One of the tasks of the IFPI is to safeguard international copyrights , with the IFPI members representing the interests of the phono industry vis-à-vis national and international politics. Additional IFPI organizations exist for Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia. The IFPI sees another important task in the fight against “ music piracy ”. In addition, the technical and legal implementation of the worldwide music trade via the Internet and other digital media has become particularly important in recent years . The IFPI is also strongly committed to data retention .

The head office in London is the link for the national phono associations in 75 countries and partners in a further 48 countries. Regional headquarters exist in Brussels, Hong Kong and Miami and in Moscow (CIS countries).

The individual national IFPI organizations also decide on the regulations of the national music charts , which are usually determined on their behalf, and the awarding of gold and platinum records and other awards on behalf of the phono industry. It also awards the famous and coveted " World Music Award ". Furthermore, it negotiates the dealer fees with GEMA for the remuneration of the license rights of the copyright holder (currently 9.009%).

IFPI Platinum Europe Award

Since 1996 the IFPI has given the "IFPI Platinum Europe Award" to artists who have sold one million or more copies of an album within Europe. The prize is awarded monthly and, if more than a million copies have been sold, can be awarded multiple times for an album. Digital album sales in the form of music downloads are also taken into account when collecting the data. With nine awards each, albums 1 by the Beatles and Let's Talk About Love by Celine Dion are the most award-winning publications. tATu was the only artist to receive the award twice for the same album in two different languages.

Since October 2009, based on the European counterparts, the “ IFPI Middle East Awards ” have been given to albums by international artists who have achieved gold or platinum status in a country in the Middle East . This prize is awarded quarterly.

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supporting documents

  1. ^ Peter Mühlbauer: Mussolini and the music industry association. In: Telepolis . Heise , April 14, 2008, accessed September 14, 2016 .