REGISTERING WITH BMI
BMI calculates splits on a 200% scale, 100% writer’s share and 100% publisher’s share. If neither you nor your co-writers have a publisher, you only have to worry about registering the 100% writer’s share. However, if there are any publisher’s on the work, you will have to register the entire 200%.
Example: In this example, we assume you are using a 15 second sample of a Category C track, meaning that 10% is allotted to the original songwriters, and the remaining 90% is to be split between you and any co-writers on the new work.
Say you co-wrote the song with one co-writer and agreed to split the publishing evenly, and the two sample writers are due 10%. In this scenario, you are the only writer with a publisher. You would register the work as follows:
Sample Writer B Publishing, 5%
If no writers have a publisher, register the 100% writer’s share only.