Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing the type of work, part of Music Law: Copyrighting a Song.
- In the first section, you must indicate the type of work.…Unlike most other fields in the application,…this field cannot be changed later.…Typically, when you're registering a song or group of songs,…you would choose work of the performing arts…from the type of work drop down menu.…This includes music and/or lyrics.…There's one exception.…If you are registering a sound recording copyright…and song copyright in the same application,…you would choose sound recording from the…drop down type of work menu.…
I discussed sound recording copyrights…in the previous video, and in brief,…a sound recording copyright protects the sounds…of the audio production and performances.…A song or musical works copyright protects the compositions.…You can register song and sound recording copyrights…on one application if the copyright claimant,…that is, the owners of copyright,…are the same for the songs and the recording.…For example: you wrote four songs and…recorded them by yourself.…
In that case, you are the creator and copyright owner…
Rich starts by defining what a song copyright and a sound recording copyright are—and how they're different. He defines who owns a song, and how to sort out contributions from multiple writers of the same song. Then he explains how to get a copyright registration using the U.S. Copyright Office's online application process. The course wraps up by discussing possible objections that copyright examiners may have, as well as what to do to maintain your copyright and correct any errors that crop up.
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- What is a song copyright?
- Who owns a song?
- Evaluating cowriters and their contributions
- Registering a song copyright
- Maintaining a copyright registration