REGISTERING WITH STIM
As a songwriter, you only register yourself and other songwriters – not publishers. You also need to register the songwriters on the original composition you have sampled from, and the total always needs to be 100%.
When adding the rightsholders of the new work, include the writers of the original work at their appropriate percentage (as described further below) and the remaining co-writers based on your share of the remaining percentage.
If none of the writers have publishers, the performance and mechanical percentages should be equal. If any of the writers do have publishers, those percentages should conform to that writer’s agreement with their publisher.
Example: You have acquired a sample license for a 15 second sample of a Category C track. This means you will share 10% of the total 100% publishing pie with the original publisher(s), songwriter(s), and 90% goes to you.
Reminder: as a songwriter, you can only register other songwriters – not publishers. So, assuming that you are the only songwriter of the new song, you register 90% of the total to yourself, and split the remaining 10% between the original songwriters as listed in the sample license. Since you can only register other songwriters and not publishers, the actual percentages you enter for the songwriters in the registration will not be exactly what is specified in the sample license as you need to fill up the whole 10% slice of the original publishing pie.
If the sample license doesn’t contain an IPI number for the original songwriters, you can get a generic IPI number to use directly from STIM’s membership service. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you.
The original publisher(s) will claim ownership of the 10% when they do their registration.