Guide

Finding a record company to distribute physical album is no longer the only way to publish your musical work.
Qport’s digital music publishing service empowers you with the ability to publish musical work instantly to global market.

Album Distribution

There’re two types of Album: Physical and Digital.
Distributing a physical album means you have to manufacture compact disks with your musical work in it, and publish them to physical retail channels.
Distributing a digital album, on the other hand, is less expensive and efficient, since you don’t need to make real CDs. Just upload track files to the digital channels, and your works will be downloaded or streamed by worldwide consumers simultaneously.

What is Metadata?

Metadata refers to the text-form information related to your albums. For example, title of your album, the singer’s name, etc. To be more user-friendly,
Qport divided Metadata into two parts: Album level and track level.

Album level:

In this part, you’ll be asked to input information such as Album Title, Album Artists, EAN/UPC/JAN barcodes, Release Date, Start Sales Date, etc.

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What are EAN/UPC/JAN barcodes stand for?

UPC:Universal Product Code, with 12 numeric digits.
JAN:Japan Article Number, with 8 or 13 numeric digits.
JAN:Japan Article Number, with 8 or 13 numeric digits.
Music streaming platform and online stores use barcodes as your album’s identification. You have to register an EAN/UPC/JAN barcode for every album you intend to upload. If you don’t have one, click the checkbox with the text: Qport Generate on the upload page, we’ll register a new barcode for your album when you upload it.

Track Level:

In this part, you’ll be asked to input information such as Song Title, Song Artists, ISRC codes, etc.

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What is ISRC Code?

International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) is similar to UPC barcodes, which work as the unique identification of your recording track. Each song should occupy a unique ISRC code. For instance, If you upload two songs with the same song title but different versions, you’ll need to register two different ISRC codes for each song.
If you don’t have one, click the checkbox with the text: Qport Generate on the upload page, we’ll register new ISRC codes for your tracks when you upload it.

Copyrights and Agreement

Every musical work consists of two types of copyrights: Sound Recording and Composition.

  • Copyright in Sound Recording: the right of the original recording of a song.
  • Copyright in Composition: the right of the melody and lyrics of a song.

Which type of License Agreement should I choose?

A.「License Agreement for Digital Rights」

You can choose this agreement type when meeting all the criteria below:

  • You own the complete rights in sound recording of all your tracks.
  • You own part of the rights in musical works of your tracks (not necessarily 100%).

*The amount of your share of royalties will be calculated by the ownership ratio of the copyrights in musical work which you provided at the Label Copy section. For example, if you owned 25% of the copyrights in musical works of a song, your share of royalties will be paid under that ratio.

B.「License Agreement for Sound Recording」

You can choose this agreement type when meeting all the criteria below:

  • You own the complete rights in sound recording of all your tracks.
  • You do not and will not own any parts of rights in musical work of all your tracks.

Therefore, if you wish to publish your musical works to international platforms, you need to make sure that you owned the complete copyrights of your works, because this will affect your royalty share from the digital music platforms.
When sign up for Qport account, if you owned both Sound Recording and Composition Copyrights, choose A. License Agreement for Digital Rights at the CONTENT LICENSING section. Once signing the online agreement, you’ve agreed to grant both types of copyrights to Qport, and will be paid the royalty share of both types of copyrights. If you only owned the Sound Recording Copyright, choose B. License Agreement for Sound Recording at the CONTENT LICENSING section, which means you’ve agreed to grant your Sound Recording Copyright to Qport, and will only be paid the royalty share of Sound Recording.

Label Copy

Label Copy is a document which contains detailed descriptions about Copyright ownerships related to particular album. Qport transformed the complicated Label Copy document into a simple form, making users easier to complete.

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  • Original Publishing: The original owners of the copyrights in lyrics and composition.
  • Sub-Publishing: The business partners who hold the copyrights licensed by original owners. If your album doesn’t have a Sub-Publisher, input the Original Publisher’s name instead.
  • Royalty Sharing Ratio: Lyrics and Composing each represent 50% of the Composition Copyright.
    Example. The company: 123 Co.,Ltd. Has signed the agreement A. License Agreement for Digital Rights.
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