Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video Claimants, part of Music Law: Copyrighting a Song.
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- In the next section, you list the person or persons,…or entity, that owns the copyright,…known as the copyright claimant.…That would be the songwriter,…unless the songwriter has sold…or transferred copyright ownership,…for example the rights were sold to a music publisher.…In that case, the person or entity…that acquired the copyright will be listed as the claimant.…Choose "New" to enter the first claimant.…You can also use the "Add Me" button to enter your name…and contact information directly.…
If you are registering a group of published…or unpublished songs, the claimant or claimants must be…the same for all of the compositions being registered.…That would not be the case in our example…if Bruce owned two of the songs…and Bruce and Rich jointly owned the other three.…If you are also registering the sound recording copyright…as well as the song copyright in one application,…the same claimants must own both copyrights.…Keep in mind that the claimant's mailing address…will be made part of the online public record…
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 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