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The International Federation of Phonogram and Videogram Producers (IFPI) is an international record industry organization based in Zurich, Switzerland. It was founded in 1933 in Italy as the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. It changed its name in 1974.
It represents 1450 members of the recording industry in 75 different countries. Its stated intention is to promote the products of its members. IFPI now maintains its international secretariat in London and has regional offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, Miami, and Moscow.
IFPI has recognized (32 national groups of IFPI members and organizations affiliated to IFPI, including RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), FLAPF (Federaci˘n Latinoamericasa de Productores de Fonogramas) and ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association).
It has consultative status with ILO (International Labour Office), Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), WIPO (World Intellectual Porperty Organisation) and the Council of Europe. The ASEAN Music Industry Association (AMIA), IFPI's regional body in South East Asia, is affiliated to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Any company or firm which produces sound or video recordings which are made available to the public in reasonable quantities is eligible for membership of IFPI. Other firms closely connected with the production of phonograms or video or their distribution may also be admitted. Membership categories and subscriptions relate to the size of the company. In those countries where there is a national group of IFPI or an affiliated organisation, potential members should first join the national body before seeking membership of IFPI.
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