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Songwriting business questions
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:17:51 PM »
hello!!! i'm new here. i normally write songs on my own for fun or with my band. here you guys are a lot more knowledgable and i have a few questions that since im a newbie in all this i donít quite understand.
for example. i write a song and i want todf2 sell it to an artist, first i copyright it, but after that i donít know where to go from there. i heard that as a songwriter you need to be with BMI or ASCAP or something similar, and that your song needs to be in a publishing company but i donít understand that. i hope that anyone can help me here, im quite intrigued by it. thanks in advance!!!

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Re: Songwriting business questions
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2016, 05:07:01 AM »
hello!!! i'm new here. i normally write songs on my own for fun or with my band. here you guys are a lot more knowledgable and i have a few questions that since im a newbie in all this i donít quite understand.
for example. i write a song and i want todf2 sell it to an artist, first i copyright it, but after that i donít know where to go from there. i heard that as a songwriter you need to be with BMI or ASCAP or something similar, and that your song needs to be in a publishing company but i donít understand that. i hope that anyone can help me here, im quite intrigued by it. thanks in advance!!!

You don't need to be in a publishing company. You can self-publish (you'd own the writer's share and publishing share). You just register your song on ASCAP, SESAC or BMI and enter the splits.

If you "sell" a song, you should define what you're selling. The publisher's share (partially or completely), the writer's share (partially or completely) or all of it.
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Re: Songwriting business questions
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2016, 07:06:50 AM »

If you "sell" a song, you should define what you're selling. The publisher's share (partially or completely), the writer's share (partially or completely) or all of it.

It's not possible to sell a writer's share. Common misconception.

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Re: Songwriting business questions
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2016, 09:33:13 PM »
It's not possible to sell a writer's share. Common misconception.

Yes you can. You can come to an agreement with your publisher to dig into your writer's share to cover even some unrelated expenses. You can sell your catalogue in which you also sell your writer's share. In music licensing, there are buyout deals ect.

Those old copyright laws don't hold much ground nowadays. I mean yeah they do, but a lot of people just do what's convenient to their own party.
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Re: Songwriting business questions
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2016, 03:06:41 AM »
You can 'license' your writer's share to transfer the financial gain from you as a party to another party. That is what you are describing. The copyright can never be transferred. It will always be legally bound to the writer/writers.

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Re: Songwriting business questions
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2016, 02:55:19 PM »
Yes you can. You can come to an agreement with your publisher to dig into your writer's share to cover even some unrelated expenses. You can sell your catalogue in which you also sell your writer's share. In music licensing, there are buyout deals ect.

Those old copyright laws don't hold much ground nowadays. I mean yeah they do, but a lot of people just do what's convenient to their own party.

A simple example: Michael Jackson bought the whole Beatles catalogue.
As far as I know, you can be the owner for 50 years and then prescribes.

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Re: Songwriting business questions
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2016, 04:31:16 AM »
Michael Jackson bought the publishing side of a lot of the Beatles songs. The writer's share is still maintained by Lennon and McCartney's respective estates.

Every song has 100% publishing royalties and 100% writer's royalties. The writer's ownership can never be sold, only the publishing.