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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.
  • Cd baby pro 101

    1. 1. CD Baby Pro Publishing Overview Ken Consor | @KCon101
    2. 2. CD Baby Pro Publishing Overview Ken Consor | @KCon101
    3. 3. 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.
    4. 4. 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.
    5. 5. 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.
    6. 6. Publishing royalties: Mechanical Mechanicals royalties are paid when… Publishers Digital sales (outside US) Interactive Streams
    7. 7. One-Stop Global Royalty Collection We register songs and collect publishing royalties globally. …and more
    8. 8. 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 ✓ ✘
    9. 9. What % of publishing royalties are paid to the client?! CD Baby Pro keeps only 15% of publishing royalties collected. CDB Client CDB 85%15%
    10. 10. When are publishing royalties paid? Publishing royalties take time…
    11. 11. How much time? …most societies are two quarters behind. Songs Played Publisher Paid
    12. 12. What are the terms of my agreement with CDB Pro?
    13. 13. Buzz Words: ISWC • International Standard Musical Work Code • 11-character code used to uniquely identify a musical work • ISWC : Song :: ISRC : Recording
    14. 14. Buzz Words: IPI • Interested Parties Information • Formerly known as CAE number (Composer, Author, Publisher) • These are like social security numbers for songwriters and publishers
    15. 15. Frequently Asked Questions!
    16. 16. Can I join CD Baby Pro if I’m not affiliated with a Performing Rights Organization?
    17. 17. Can I join if I’m not affiliated with a Performing Rights Organization? YES! You can pick between ASCAP or BMI.
    18. 18. How long does it take for me to get affiliated with ASCAP or BMI?
    19. 19. How long does it take for me to get affiliated with a PRO? ASCAP: 2-4 weeks BMI: 2-4 weeks
    20. 20. Can I join if I have a publishing deal?
    21. 21. 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.
    22. 22. Can I join if I am affiliated as a publisher?
    23. 23. 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.
    24. 24. What are song splits?
    25. 25. 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%.
    26. 26. What types of royalties do you collect?
    27. 27. What types of royalties do you collect? 1. Performance royalties: Broadcast (TV / radio / online / live) 2. Mechanical royalties: Reproduction (digital sales / online streams)
    28. 28. From which countries do you collect?
    29. 29. From which countries do you collect? We collect from major music markets worldwide: think most western and strong emerging markets.
    30. 30. When should I expect first royalty payments?
    31. 31. 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.
    32. 32. How much will I earn from CD Baby Pro?
    33. 33. 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.
    34. 34. Do you collect royalties for my co-writers?
    35. 35. Do you collect royalties for my co-writers? If they are also CD Baby Pro songwriters, then yes. If not, no.
    36. 36. How far back do you collect?
    37. 37. 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.
    38. 38. Does CD Baby own any of my copyright?
    39. 39. 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.
    40. 40. Does CD Baby copyright my songs?
    41. 41. 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.
    42. 42. Can I register a cover song / a song I did not write?
    43. 43. Can I register a cover song?
    44. 44. Can I register a song with samples?
    45. 45. Can I register a song with samples? * Unless you have permission from copyright holders
    46. 46. Can I register an arrangement of a song I didn’t write?
    47. 47. 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.
    48. 48. Why are my songs not showing as registered?
    49. 49. 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.
    50. 50. Where are my royalties?
    51. 51. 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.)

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