A "personal publishing entity" refers to the name you register with your Performing Rights Organization (PRO) to fulfil the role of the publisher. It can be your business or just yourself, and serves two major functions for most composers and songwriters:
- To protect your personal information.*
- To collect the publisher's share of public performance royalties.**
If you are publishing with Easy Song, then you do not need to register a personal publishing entity with your PRO - only as a songwriter.
*If you don't want your personal contact information publicly available, you can make it private or associate alternate information for your publishing entity.
**ASCAP will only pay the writer's share (50%) of public performance royalties if a writer does not have a publisher registered. BMI will always pay both the writer's share and the publisher's share (100%) of royalties for any self-published works.