What do you mean by "PUBLISHER"?

The publisher is the owner of the copyright to a song (The song, not the recording. Just the words and music. Melody, harmony, lyrics.).
If you or a songwriter you know has never signed away their publishing rights to a publishing deal, then the songwriter IS the publisher.
Don't get this word confused with a sheet music publisher or CD manufacturer. It has nothing to do with that. In this case "publisher" just means "copyright owner of the song itself".

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