By signing the Publishing Administration Addendum for a release, you are granting CD Baby certain exclusive rights which allow us to administer your publishing. It's important to understand what you are agreeing to prior to signing this agreement. You can view the full agreement from within your account before signing, but it can also be found towards the bottom of the CD Baby Member contract.
For those of you still deciding if you want to sign your release up with the CD Baby Pro Publishing service, please see below for a summary of some key terms of the publishing administration agreement.
CD Baby Pro Publishing is an exclusive worldwide publishing administration service. A songwriter cannot have an active agreement with another publisher or publishing administrator (in any country or territory) for any works they are credited on as a collecting songwriter that are signed up with CD Baby Pro Publishing. You have the option to set up territory restrictions for digital distribution, but these territory restrictions do not apply to registering your works or collecting publishing royalties.
There is a minimum term of one year which starts when you finalize your submission for Pro Publishing. Once the term commences, you may not request to cancel Pro Publishing until the minimum one-year term is complete. The term will renew on a quarterly basis if you do not submit a request to cancel Pro Publishing at the end of a minimum one-year term.
Terminating the publishing agreement triggers our one-year post-term collection period. This allows publishing royalties generated during the term of our agreement to be paid out to you through your CD Baby account.
Grant of Rights
This section outlines in detail which rights you are granting CD Baby by signing this agreement. We urge you to consult with an attorney should you need further clarification on the Grant of Rights, or any other section of this agreement. The clauses included in this section are what allow us to register your works and collect your publishing royalties from various sources around the world.