The basic principle is very simple: you follow the instructions and enter the songwriters, their IPI numbers and split percentages as described clearly in the sample license. And if you have have publisher, they will do the registration for you.
The practical reality is more complicated: different publishing rights organisations allow for different types of registrations, some of them split up writer and publisher rights into two different pies/parts, some of them have a 100% pie and others 200%. Often there is also a difference between what you can register as a copyright control songwriter, and what a publisher can register.
The membership service at your local PRO can help you register the work correctly. But if you don’t want to deal with song registrations yourself, you can just sign up with our partner Songtrust and they will help you. Use the code ”Tracklib” and get 15% off the normal rate. Worldwide registration to 43 PROs as well as global revenue collection is included.
If you still want to do it yourself, outlined below is how it works with the most common PROs in the world. But for any society, the following guidelines should apply.
- Register 100% of the song including the writers of the original composition you have sampled as well as the writers of the new work including the sample. In the examples below, we will use a 15s sample of a Category C track, meaning that 7.5% is allotted to the original songwriters, and the remaining 92.5% is to be split between you and any co-writers on the new work.
- For example, if the sample was written by 2 writers, each of those writers would have 3.75% of the total new work. Then if you wrote the new song with one co-writer and agreed to split your shares evenly, each of you would receive 46.25%, or half of 92.5%.
- Don’t worry about including Tracklib on your registration. We will register our share (in accordance with our sample license agreement) once you provide the details of your new work to us.
- When you have completed and submitted your registration – share the Song Title and Runtime with us as well as the name of the CMO you are registering with. We then send this information to the publisher who owns the song you have sampled from, so that they can register their share correctly. We also need you to share as much information as possible with us about the work registration – the new songwriter(s) and publisher(s) as well as the splits.
- Please also share the ISRC code with us once the song has been released. This will make it easier for you to account revenues from the recording later on.
- We strongly recommend that you first release the new song so that you get an ISRC code from either your label or distributor, and then immediately do the song registration.
REGISTERING WITH STIM
As a songwriter, you register yourself and other songwriters – including the songwriters on the original composition you have sampled from. 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 Tracklib, and 90% goes to you.
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 92,5% of the total to yourself, and split the remaining 7,5% 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 7,5% 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 7,5% when they do their registration, and Tracklib will register as an income participant for 2,5% of your 92,5% when we submit our registration.