ISRCs generated by CD Baby do not qualify for Neighbouring Rights collection with Brazilian societies like ABRAMUS, UBC, and others at this time.
If you are an artist living in Brazil, we strongly suggest you use ISRCs that have been generated locally in order for your songs to be valid for Neighbouring Rights collection. If you use ISRCs generated in the US or another territory, you may miss out on Neighboring Rights collection. If you’re not sure what Neighboring Rights are, you can learn more by reading this Help Center article.
Individuals or entities that are considered to be the producer, label, or owner of the sound recording can generate ISRCs that are eligible for Neighbouring Rights collection. If you own your recording, or worked with another individual/entity that owns your recording and are unable to generate ISRCs, your local collection society can generate them for you.
As of right now, using locally generated ISRCs is the only way to ensure that you can collect all of the publishing royalties and Neighbouring Rights that are owed to you.
Please have your ISRCs generated locally before submitting your release for distribution with CD Baby. Once you've done so, you will be able to return your account and input your ISRCs by following the steps below:
- Login to http://members.cdbaby.com
- Click on the tab “Album & Singles” at the top of the page
- From here, click the "view/edit" and this will take you to the Title Overview page
- Click on "Tracks & Audio"
- Click on the ISRC for that first track and it will take you directly to the ISRC page for that title
- Choose the "I have my own ISRCs" option, and input your ISRCs for each track
- Click on "Save and Continue"
For the direct link to the ISRC page, you can go here.
My title is already finalized and distributed
Do you have a submission that has already been finalized for distribution and uses ISRCs we provided? If so, see the information below.
Firstly, it's important to note that we cannot update ISRCs on your submission once it has been finalized for distribution and delivered to our partners.
For ABRAUMS and UBC affiliated songwriters:
Your first step should be reaching out to your collection society and having them generate a new ISRC for your recording. You will then need to explain to them that your distributor has already assigned ISRCs to your recordings. From there, you can ask to have your newly generated ISRCs associated with the ISRCs we provided. This should allow your collection society to track and collect both publishing royalties and Neighbouring Rights on your behalf.
For other Brazilian collection societies:
If you are affiliated with any of the other Brazilian collection societies, this may not be an option for you at this time. CD Baby hopes to set this up with other collection societies soon, but we do not have a timeline on when this will happen at the moment. We still suggest reaching out to them and asking just in case.
If this option does not work for you, we suggest taking no action for the time being. As mentioned, we will continue searching for a solution with the other societies. The moment we have an update, we'll be updating this article.
Beyond waiting, your only option would be to cancel distribution for the submission in question, and resubmit with new ISRCs generated from your collection society. To do so, follow these steps:
- Cancel all distribution - instructions can be found in our Help Center.
- Have new ISRCs generated through your collection society, or another eligible local entity.
- Resubmit your release with identical metadata, but enter your newly assigned ISRCs when submitting your re-release.
CD Baby does not suggest going this route however. We cannot guarantee that the download and streaming platforms will retain your stream counts, fan reviews, and any other statistic associated with your releases on our partners' platforms.