Copyrights and Contracts

After reading the Week 3 lecture on ‘Copyrights and Contracts’ one of the topics that really interested me was about ‘Copyrights in Music’. It says that the copyright in the composition, lyrics, performance and sound recording might be owned by by the composer, lyricist, musician and maker of the recording (usually a record label but sometimes a sound engineer), respectively. The person who paid for the recordings may also own the copyrights as well as the musicians who have performed for the particular song may also share the copyrights.

So what is Copyrighting?

Basically, it is a means for protection of creativity.

Copyright is a designation of intellectual property similar to a patent or trademark. Once an original composition has been fixed in a medium from which it can be reproduced (having either been recorded or written down in some fashion), the composer is granted exclusive rights to that piece of music, including:

• The right to reproduce the song

• The right to distribute the song

• The right to perform the song

• The right to create derivative works (Robley, 2013)

As an Audio Engineer and a Music Producer, I can completely relate to this as in the music industry, often, music can be tampered with and stolen just like any work of art. It is very important to have the work copyrighted in order to protect the value of the music and so that if it may fall into the wrong hands it can be legally dealt with. Also it puts a label on the song that shows who’s work it is. Copyright protects the musician even if the song is never registered with the Copyright Office. Mailing a copy of the work to yourself provides no additional legal protection and is unlikely to prove useful evidence for establishing the date a song was written(Ravgiala, 2016).

So what I have learnt from this matter is to always copyright your world in the professional field. The music I have produced till date hasn’t had any official form of copyright, although, the music streaming websites through which I share my music have a copyright policy where I can declare all the work is my own and I own the rights. However, it would be better to get it done through a company or an organization as it seems more effective in the long run. Music is art, and the creation must be protected as a lot of hard work goes into making it. So, PROTECT YOUR WORK!

 

References

Ravgiala, J. (2016). Copyright basics for musicians – music copyright law. Retrieved June 4, 2016, from http://www.gcglaw.com/resources/entertainment/music-copyright.html
Robley, C. (2013, May 17). What is a musical copyright? Retrieved June 4, 2016, from Musician Tips, http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/musician-tips/what-is-a-musical-copyright/

 

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