Good to read.
Should also consider updating the publicly displayed license agreement to clarify this very murky area.
On a note about this.
That was not the opinion of the CC when I wrote to them previously.
The other distribution was hairy as it was, though in our opinion it was fine since reading that distribution’s terms showed no change to the copyright ownership.
However, the CC was pretty clear that any exclusive ownership service was inherently not in line with CC licensing.
An individual, according to them, was fully capable of granting CC licenses out to something which they themselves had exclusive ownership of. This is actually the expected natural situation: by all CC advisories, every CC song is highly suggested to be personally copywrite registered. This prevents being powerless in the event you experienced with your song where you lack convincing filed proof of ownership while someone out there took your CC distributed work, claimed it, and no one stopped them - so without a lot of struggle, you lose.
However, the other way around was not possible and to lay claim - in their eyes - of a CC relationship.
A CC recipient cannot take something that was given to them by someone under CC and then pass it out under any exclusive terms. Even if what you’re doing is filing it on their behalf.
That, according to them, overrides the CC and the CC is no longer valid (assuming you’re registering it fully in the artist’s name, that is).
This is why I said you should pull the terms from Distro, outline the process you just described, and plaster that up on the policy section.
Again, just to be clear here. When you registered that work for Meta, you nullified the CC and just filed an exclusive license for Meta under your holding (again, another issue that is not compatible with CC - you have the control over the strings for that registration; not the artist you are registering for).
Make it easy on yourself.
- Drop the CC for anything going forward.
- Grandfather the old stuff that came in under CC.
- Post the exclusive license from Distro in the policy section.
- Outline the split share.
Cover your ass, use an exclusive license, inform the submitters, and be done with it.
Trying to dance both dances at the same time is a mess and entirely needlessly complicating things for no reason at all.
People happily sign up to exclusive labels all the time.