How Do I Register a Song Where I Control All of the Publishing But I Am Not the Only Writer?

Time to get all your paperwork in order.

You should always register songs based on the writer's share, not the publisher’s, as that's how collection societies process registrations.  

If you want to collect 100% of the publishing for a work you do not control 100% of the copyright for, you need to register your co-writer as a client rather than an outside writer. That way we can inform your Performing Rights Organization (PRO) that your co-writer gave you the right to collect their publishing royalties. (They can still get their writer’s share directly from the PRO.)

Please note: In order to collect the publisher’s share of royalties for your co-writer, you will need to provide proof of your agreement. The easiest way to do this would be to have the writer sign the Letter of Direction within your account.


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