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Under the current fee schedule, you can register 10 unpublished works in a “Group Registration” for $55. That seems feasible.
Good point MichaelL but define “unpublished”? What happens after “published” and what is the definition for copyright’s sake? See, that’s what you get for being a lawyer. Ha!
Is it advisable to wait for the actual copyright number before using music in any way online?
No but this is not legal advice!
In reality, for the market we are in, copyrighting every piece of music is financially not feasible.
I have been having numerous e-mail exchanges and a long phone conversation with Jackie Simmons, Sr Director of Business Operations at BMI. She has been very open and helpful. According to her, everyone at BMI is very aware of this situation as I am not the only with this problem.
They have had conversations with Numerator about their not tracking all products. Numerator’s response is that they don’t track pharma (or any company) ad campaigns that are generally single product campaigns without any competition. Numerators business is providing data on ad campaigns for competing products. At least that’s how she and I understand it. She has tried contacting iSpot.tv a couple of times to get a demo on their tracking system but has had little response from them. She also promised that they are not letting go of this as they know they need to solve this. She promised to keep me in the loop.
Anyway, that is the latest as I know it.
Does ASCAP and/or BMI ever just track and pick up the commercials for you – like they should – with no effort on your part?
They may have but I have never relied on them. My history with commercials only goes back about 10 years. Usually, once I hear them on Tunesat I start investigating.
So you write the lyrics first?
I’ve done it both ways. I seem to recall an interview with Paul Simon where he said he wrote to a track. Music came first and wrote the song to the track. I’ve heard that others do the same. As I mentioned earlier, no rules.
you mean, cut them up as in 30’s, 60’s, etc…? That’s what I’ve been doing. I might not bother with that if I don’t see any interest in the cutdowns.
I would rethink that if I were you echoflex. Some of my biggest sellers are 30s and 60s as well as loops, stings, etc. A lot of the buyers on RF sites don’t have the skills, or time, to make their own edits.
To me, it’s all about the song. Write a great song first! Then again, there are no rules.
I need to speak to a German writer who is a member of GEMA. Will you be willing to communicate privately with me?
You can always PM each other. https://musiclibraryreport.com/personal-messaging/
Was the search criteria of upfront pay removed from the library search? And if so, for what reason?
It hasn’t been on there for the last few years when I changed to a different filter. I will work on it.