Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video Rights and permissions (and beyond), part of Music Law: Copyrighting a Song.
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- The next section, Rights and Permissions information,…is optional.…The eCO application gathers this information…in the event someone wants to contact you…for licensing rights to your song.…If you wish to participate,…you can simply click the Add Me button,…and the information will be generated…to complete this section.…Again, all the information given in this section,…including name, postal address,…e-mail address and phone number,…will be made part of the online public catalog record,…and cannot be removed later from those public records.…
So for example, you may wish to avoid posting your…e-mail or your personal phone number or home address.…Click Continue when done.…Next is the Correspondence section,…in which you list the person who will respond…to copyright office inquiries.…In this case, the e-mail is mandatory,…but information given only in this space…will not appear in the online public record.…If you are the person for correspondence, click Add Me.…If it is someone else, fill out the form,…and then click Continue.…
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