CD Baby is not like a traditional publisher; we’re closer to what folks in the biz call an ‘administrator.’ In our role as a publishing administrator, we register songs with Performing Rights Organizations and collect publishing royalties on your behalf. This is different from a traditional publisher that may also provide a full suite of creative and legal services (e.g. sync licensing, copyright).
In order for CD Baby to collect royalties on your behalf, you will need to select "No" when asked if you have a publisher for all tracks; our system will automatically list “CD Baby Publishing” as the publisher. If you have a self-owned publishing entity with your P.R.O. then you should select "Yes" and input your publishing company's name. In this case, CD baby will administer the publishing on behalf of your publishing company, as opposed to you as an individual. This does not change how royalties are collected and paid out, it simply indicates that your publishing is "owned" by your publishing entity, as opposed to being owned by you as an individual.
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