Category Archives: Copyright

Copyright Basics: Copyright Notice and Registration

Q. What does that © symbol mean?  What about (P)? A. Copyright notices in music come in two forms.  The symbol © refers to a copyright in a musical work.  The symbol (P) refers to a copyright in a sound … Continue reading

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Copyright Basics: Exceptions To Copyright Protection

Q. What is a compulsory license? A.  The most noteworthy exception to the exclusive rights granted to copyright owners of musical works is the compulsory license.  A compulsory license means that the copyright owner must allow anyone who wants to … Continue reading

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Copyright Basics: Scope of Copyright

Q.  OK, now I have a copyright to my musical work. What can I do with it? A. The scope of copyright protection depends on whether a work is a musical work or sound recording. Copyrighted musical works give the … Continue reading

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Copyright Basics: Using Copyrighted Works

 Q. What is copyright infringement (or “piracy”)? A. Copyright infringement occurs when any of the exclusive rights in a copyright are violated without the owner’s permission and no exceptions apply. Piracy most often refers to infringement through unauthorized copying and/or … Continue reading

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Copyright Basics: Who Owns the Copyright?

Q.  Our lyricist already has a copyright on the music.  Does that mean I have no legal rights in my contributions to the recording? A.  Both the musical work and sound recording are separately and individually copyrightable.  Furthermore, because every … Continue reading

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Copyright Basics: What Can and Cannot Be Copyrighted?

Q.  Does my music qualify for copyright protection? A.  In order to copyright a work, two requirements must be met.  First, the work must be original.  Original in this context generally means that the work was not copied from someone … Continue reading

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Copyright Basics: What Is Copyright?

Q.  What is a copyright and why is it important? A. Copyright is a form of legal protection, provided by federal statute, to creators of artistic works.  As mandated in the United States constitution, the purpose of the copyright statute … Continue reading

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