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Registering Old tracks with PRO

Post by wavethirtytwo » Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:09 am

Hi Folks,
i have been working in video production for many years and music has always been a side project for me, and in the past I have used some of my own music in my commercial video productions (all were released on Youtube). But now I'm getting serious about making music for licenced use, and I recently had my first track forwarded from a Taxi listing - so I decided it was time to register with a PRO. I filled in the BMI application this morning.

My questions are to do with the old tracks I used in previous video projects.
1. If I register these old tracks, will that cause problems for my past video clients that have videos on youtube using these tracks?
2. Could I actually get paid for youtube playing these tracks, without forcing the videos to be monetized with adverts (video clients wouldnt like this)

Or would be simpler to just draw a line under these old tracks and not register them? Not sure if that is against the BMI agreement??
Or is there a way to register old tracks as 'royalty free'

many thanks!
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Post by Paulie » Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:57 pm

Personally I would not register them. Almost every library I'm with registered them using their own standards, naming conventions, etc. I know of only one library that expects composers to register them before submitting.

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Re: Registering Old tracks with PRO

Post by andygabrys » Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:18 pm

Paulie wrote:Personally I would not register them. Almost every library I'm with registered them using their own standards, naming conventions, etc. I know of only one library that expects composers to register them before submitting.

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A lot of getting paid for your productions by your PRO necessitates having the correct title (and even exclusive libraries retitle as they need to) and the right publisher info.

Without asking your library what their publishing info is how can you register it properly? Answer: You can't.

The only reason to EVER register your own composition with your PRO is if you:

1) have your own publishing company who is going to rep the peice
2) you are submitting it directly to ad agencies, music supervisors and other direct users who will not be assuming any song share for using the piece.
3) you are expecting to do #2 and also submit to non-exclusive libraries.

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