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  • Songwriters are those who write music – not artistsCopyright – when your music is put in a fixed and tangible form
  • Songwriters are those who write music – not artistsExplain what “fixed and tangible” means
  • Public Performance – name some examples!Non-interactive streams and interactive streams (mention YouTube)PROs collect license fees, and pay songwriters and publishersWe collect and pay out publishers share only
  • The word “mechanical"Mechanical licensing agencies collect mechanicals from those reproducing songsOnly one payment, no writer/publisher split
  • One stopWe’re going directBetter identification of rights holdersExplain where we are best equipped to collect right now
  • Focus on CD Baby Pro, not publishing as a whole
  • Writer’s share always goes to writer directly
  • Laggggggg…
  • US societies two behind, O/S up to 4 behindIn this example, the client wouldn’t actually receive royalties until April (one year from generated)
  • Stop me if you have questions, let me know what comes up most frequently.
  • SESAC is invitation only.
  • Split sheets
  • Explain how this works… incl wider PRO networks, not North Korea, places without democracy
  • Explain international and back royalties.
  • Is your music charting? Major releases? Major sales data?
  • We will make sure to register co-writer information properly so that they can receive their fair share.
  • Varies by society
  • Varies by society
  • You can register with US Copyright Office on your own if you want. Not necessary for collecting royalties.

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  • CD Baby Pro Publishing Overview Ken Consor | @KCon101
  • CD Baby Pro Publishing Overview Ken Consor | @KCon101
  • What is Music Publishing? Music Publishing is the business of protecting and exploiting musical copyrights. Music Publishers make sure songwriters are compensated - ‘exploiting’ in a good way.
  • What is a copyright? • Songwriters are granted 6 exclusive rights including rights to: – Perform the work publicly – Make copies (physical or digital) • Songwriter has copyright when the song is in a fixed and tangible form.
  • Publishing royalties: Performance Radio Television Non-interactive streams Live performanceInteractive streams 50% 50% Songwriters Publishers Where is music performed publicly? Performing Rights Organizations (PROs): Track & collect performance royalties.
  • Publishing royalties: Mechanical Mechanicals royalties are paid when… Publishers Digital sales (outside US) Interactive Streams
  • One-Stop Global Royalty Collection We register songs and collect publishing royalties globally. …and more
  • Forget music publishing, it’s all about CD Baby Pro CD Baby Pro collects publishing royalties on behalf of songwriters. Traditional Publisher CD Baby Pro Royalty collection ✓ ✓ Song registration ✓ ✓ Creative services ✓ ✘ Legal services ✓ ✘
  • What % of publishing royalties are paid to the client?! CD Baby Pro keeps only 15% of publishing royalties collected. CDB Client CDB 85%15%
  • When are publishing royalties paid? Publishing royalties take time…
  • How much time? …most societies are two quarters behind. Songs Played Publisher Paid
  • What are the terms of my agreement with CDB Pro?
  • Buzz Words: ISWC • International Standard Musical Work Code • 11-character code used to uniquely identify a musical work • ISWC : Song :: ISRC : Recording
  • Buzz Words: IPI • Interested Parties Information • Formerly known as CAE number (Composer, Author, Publisher) • These are like social security numbers for songwriters and publishers
  • Frequently Asked Questions!
  • Can I join CD Baby Pro if I’m not affiliated with a Performing Rights Organization?
  • Can I join if I’m not affiliated with a Performing Rights Organization? YES! You can pick between ASCAP or BMI.
  • How long does it take for me to get affiliated with ASCAP or BMI?
  • How long does it take for me to get affiliated with a PRO? ASCAP: 2-4 weeks BMI: 2-4 weeks
  • Can I join if I have a publishing deal?
  • Can I join if I have a publishing deal? Your agreement with CD Baby Pro gives us the exclusive right to collect for you. If you’re already in an exclusive publishing agreement, then no dice.
  • Can I join if I am affiliated as a publisher?
  • Can I join if I am affiliated as a publisher? YES! CD Baby will be listed as the administrator for your publishing entity and will collect royalties on its behalf.
  • What are song splits?
  • What are song splits? Based on their contribution, each songwriter will be assigned an ownership percentage of a song. Splits should be agreed upon before registering songs and total 100%.
  • What types of royalties do you collect?
  • What types of royalties do you collect? 1. Performance royalties: Broadcast (TV / radio / online / live) 2. Mechanical royalties: Reproduction (digital sales / online streams)
  • From which countries do you collect?
  • From which countries do you collect? We collect from major music markets worldwide: think most western and strong emerging markets.
  • When should I expect first royalty payments?
  • When should I expect first royalty payments? The earliest you’ll see royalties is 6 - 9 months after completion of affiliation process, but more likely it will be 9-12 months from play.
  • How much will I earn from CD Baby Pro?
  • How much will I earn from CD Baby Pro? The amount of royalties you make will depend on a multitude of factors (amount of use, if the PRO detected the use, type of use…). If your music is not being used meaningfully, there will be nothing to collect.
  • Do you collect royalties for my co-writers?
  • Do you collect royalties for my co-writers? If they are also CD Baby Pro songwriters, then yes. If not, no.
  • How far back do you collect?
  • How far back do you collect? ~2-3 years but it is up to each society. Many societies move royalties into the black box after 2 years. We’ve seen as far back as 10 years but we don’t like to promise.
  • Does CD Baby own any of my copyright?
  • Does CD Baby own any of my copyright? No, you own 100% of your copyright and retain full ownership and full creative control of your songs. We are your publishing administrator.
  • Does CD Baby copyright my songs?
  • Does CD Baby copyright my songs? You have a copyright as soon as your make a fixed and tangible copy of your song. We DO NOT register songs with the US Copyright Office, that is up to you and not necessary to collect royalties.
  • Can I register a cover song / a song I did not write?
  • Can I register a cover song?
  • Can I register a song with samples?
  • Can I register a song with samples? * Unless you have permission from copyright holders
  • Can I register an arrangement of a song I didn’t write?
  • Can I register an arrangement of a song I didn’t write? *Unless you have permission from copyright holders or the song is public domain.
  • Why are my songs not showing as registered?
  • Why are my songs not yet registered? • We need to checking information, cross-checking with PRO data • (We are still faster than signing a traditional publishing deal!) • Don’t worry publishing is slow and the royalty cycle is 2 quarters behind, you’re unlikely to miss out on royalties even if your songs aren’t turned in yet.
  • Where are my royalties?
  • Where is my money? • Missing publisher’s share – we pay out when we receive (probably coming, publishing lags songwriting) • Missing performance royalties – contact ASCAP/BMI/SESAC we are not in charge of ‘tracking’ • Missing mechanical royalties – contact HFA • Hard data helps (sales data) • Is your music charting? • Streaming rates are very low (but growing, CDBaby has good data and can even match for smaller songs.)