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Songwriting Tip: Legal Issues With Songwriter Collaborations

No Comments 10 April 2016

Songwriting Tip: Legal Issues With Songwriter Collaborations

From the USA Songwriting Competition blog: Under the US copyright law, an author or creator owns a copyright in his or her work the moment it is “fixed in a tangible medium” (i.e., the moment the expression of an idea is written down or recorded in some manner).

When it comes to the recorded music business there are two primary copyrights of interest: one in the musical composition or song; another in the sound recording of that song. A copyright extends for the life of an author plus 70 years, and in the case of collaborators on a copyright it extends for the life of the last surviving collaborator plus 70 years.

This article will focus on the collaboration between and among the co-writers of the musical composition or song which is generally comprised of the music (e.g., melody, harmony, chords, rhythm, etc.) and the lyrics (i.e., the words). Click on the link below to read more…

Author: Wallace Collins, Esq on the USA Songwriting Competition blog

Read More/Original Source: http://www.songwriting.net/blog/songwriting-tip-legal-issues-with-songwriter-collaborations

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