Can I register?
- spoken word
- remix, mash-up or song with samples
- cover song
- public domain work
- a copyrighted song I did not write
- songs with writers who are not CD Baby Pro Publishing clients
- instrumental versions of my own songs
Can I register a spoken word song for CD Baby Pro Publishing?
If the spoken word is accompanied by original music it is eligible for Pro. The musical background must be original, it can't be based on public domain work, and also a substantial part of the recording must contain background music. If you do not meet these requirements you must downgrade your title to standard, you can do so here.
Can I register a remix, mash-up or song with samples for CD Baby Pro Publishing?
Unless you have permission from all concerned parties, it is not possible to register songs with uncleared samples.
Can I register a cover song for CD Baby Pro Publishing?
It is not possible to register cover songs for the collection of publishing royalties. These royalties are only paid to the writers of an original song. You can though release an album via CD Baby Pro that has covers on it, but only the original songs you wrote or co-wrote would be handled by CD Baby Publishing Administration.
Can I register a public domain work for CD Baby Pro Publishing?
No, we are not currently accepting public domain tracks for CD Baby Pro. Only original compositions are eligible.
This also applies to original arrangements of public domain songs.
Can I register an arrangement of a copyrighted song I did not write for CD Baby Pro Publishing?
This can only be registered if there is permission from the copyright owner(s) of the published song. If a copyright owner has given permission to a composer/author to arrange their work, they must agree on splits for the arrangement.
Can I register songs with writers who are not CD Baby Pro Publishing clients?
Absolutely! In fact, you must list all the songwriters for each song your register. We will only collect your share of royalties; the non-CD Baby Pro songwriters are responsible for their own royalty collection.
Can I register instrumental versions of my songs for CD Baby Pro Publishing?
Yes. These should be registered as new songs.