Making the complicated details of music rights easier to understand for independent musicians. Make sense of important issues like copyright law and music royalties.

  • Music publishing explained

    What is music publishing? Music publishing is the exploitation of a song’s composition copyright. The composition of a song is the lyrics and melody as written by one or more songwriters. This is an important...

  • Making Money In Music

    How do I earn money from my sound recordings? Making money from your sound recording involves the exploitation of that copyright. But what is your copyright?  As we covered in our Copyright 101 article, copyright...

  • What The CASE Act Means For Musicians

    Understanding the CASE Act This summer, a major artist sampled one of our artist’s songs, even after the artist rejected the original sample request. The major artist sampled the song anyway and over 100,000 physical...

  • CD Baby artists placed in major TV shows

    BroadwayWorld.com highlights CD Baby sync placements If you’ve watched the most recent seasons of some popular Netflix, Hulu, and basic cable shows, you’ve likely heard songs by CD Baby artists used in an episode. A...

  • Are you REALLY monetizing your music on YouTube?

    How to know if your artist channel is eligible for monetization through the YouTube Partner Program. Are you really monetizing your music on YouTube? That might seem like a silly question since most musicians have...

  • Music Copyright Guide For Indie Musicians

    Music Copyright 101: How to copyright your music and compositions as an artist, songwriter, or producer. As an independent musician, you own your songs and recordings. It’s YOUR intellectual property. That might seem obvious, but...

  • How to Legally Clear Samples to Copyrighted Music

    Can I sample copyrighted music without permission if it’s less than 6 seconds of audio? [Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer. Just sayin’… ] Let’s be honest: Sample clearance is often difficult and expensive for independent...

  • How Pandora Royalties Really Work: A Complete Guide [infographic]

    How to collect all your royalties for Pandora plays. What kind of royalties are being generated when someone hears your music on Pandora, and how do you collect them? Since Pandora has both a non-interactive...

  • The Easiest Way to Register Your Music Copyright

    CD Baby is thrilled to partner with Cosynd to provide a quick, easy, and affordable way for musicians and collaborators to register their copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office. As a CD Baby client, you...

  • Royalty splits for remixes: How to pay your remixer

    How should you compensate a remixer? Music rights management comes down to two questions: Who owns what? Who’s owed what? In many musical collaborations, things like copyright and publishing splits aren’t always cut-and-dry. Who wrote...