Because of the structure of the EIDR organization, only members are able to get IDs directly from the registry. The Title Registrar, as an EIDR member, is able to do this for you, whether you're a member or not.
Most global distributors are already members of EIDR, and may assign an ID to your work when they accept a work for distribution. Others are beginning to require that new work already come with an EIDR ID.
Even if your distributor is willing to register a title for you when it enters their channel, there are reasons you may want to consider getting an ID yourself, through us:
- EIDR IDs are useful way before a work is ready for distribution, and can be used as precise identifiers of your work to contractors, marketing agencies, licensing and royalty agreements, and in accounting systems.
- If you register your own work, you will be able to maintain it, with the ability to add or correct metadata, and to add alternate IDs as they become available in film catalogs, festivals, and external metadata systems. If your title has been registered by your distributor, you will only be able to effect these changes through them.
- We provide a web-available title management interface, which allows you to easily review and update registration records for your works, and to look up specific IDs as they are needed.
- We are usually able to get you an ID within one business day (if EIDR considers the metadata potentially ambiguous, they may do an internal manual review of the title which can take a little longer).