A release must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible for CD Baby Pro Publishing Administration:
- Contains at least one original composition
- If you live outside the US or Canada, all collecting songwriters must be affiliated with a Performing Rights Organization (PRO) in one of the countries where CD Baby Pro Publishing is available
- All collecting songwriters credited on a work own and control 100% of their publishing
Contains at least one original composition.
If a release contains at least one original composition that you own, then it is eligible for CD Baby Pro Publishing. If a song contains a sample, the sample must be cleared with the copyright owner(s) and the songwriter/publisher information entered into your CD Baby account must reflect what was agreed upon between you and the copyright owner(s).
If your release only contains cover songs, remixes, public domain works (including original arrangements of public domain works), and/or other content that is not 100% original that you own, then your release is ineligible for CD Baby Pro Publishing.
Please note, tracks that do not contain any musical elements are not considered musical compositions, and therefore do not generate publishing royalties making them ineligible for CD Baby Pro Publishing. This includes, but is not limited to, spoken word and stand-up comedy. If these tracks are accompanied by original music that you own, then they may be considered musical compositions in which case they would be eligible for CD Baby Pro Publishing.
Works that are not 100% originally yours must only credit non-collecting songwriters.
All collecting songwriters are affiliated with a Performing Rights Organization (PRO) in one of the countries where CD Baby Pro Publishing is available.
If you live in any other country where CD Baby Pro Publishing is available, you will need to affiliate directly with your local PRO.
If you live in the United States or Canada you are not required to be affiliated with a PRO prior to signing up a release with the CD Baby Pro Publishing service and you will have the option to affiliate with ASCAP, BMI or SOCAN through the Pro Publishing Admin section of your CD Baby account.
All collecting songwriters credited on a work, own and control 100% of their publishing.
Any individual credited as a collecting songwriter must own and control 100% of their publishing for works they are credited on. But, if an individual already has publishing representation for a work included on a release, they must be credited as a non-collecting songwriter.
If a songwriter has a self-owned publishing entity with their PRO, they can be credited as a collecting songwriter. We will administer their share of the publishing on behalf of their publishing entity, as opposed to them as an individual.