Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video How do song copyrights earn money?, part of Music Law: Copyrighting a Song.
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- Throughout this course, I provide a few examples…of songs that have earned a great deal of money.…But you're probably aware of the reality,…most songwriters have a hard time making ends meet.…Digital file sharing,…more than 90% of downloaded music is illegal,…and rock-bottom payments to songwriters…for streaming audio from services like…Spotify and Pandora have diminished songwriting revenue.…Record labels are taking their cut too,…paying reduced royalties…and seeking co-ownership of song copyrights.…
Although songwriters face a leaner future,…the songwriting goose is still laying many golden eggs.…Large entities like record companies,…television networks, performance rights organizations,…and video game makers are still paying…substantial fees to the songwriter.…Nowadays songs earn money in three ways.…Mechanical reproduction.…Each time a song is reproduced on a recording,…whether on a CD or as digital download,…the song owner is entitled to a payment…from the company doing the reproduction,…usually the record company.…
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