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Category Archives: Copyright
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
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
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
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
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
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