Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding mechanical rights, master recording, and synch licenses, part of Getting Started in the Business of Songwriting.
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If you've been following along from the beginning of this chapter,…it should be fairly obvious that the business side of writing music…isn't an easy landscape to navigate.…As we've seen, different organizations handle different rights and licenses, and…some of them even overlap.…I thought it might be helpful to review and expand a bit on some of the important…terms and concepts we've looked at so far, and what they mean to you as a songwriter.…I also want to talk a little bit more about the topic of mechanical licensing…and discuss master and sync rights.…So, let's say that I've written a song and recorded a version of it myself.…
Since I'm the sole songwriter in this example,…I don't need to worry about a split letter or sharing writing credits on the song.…As soon as you record a song, either by making an audio recording or…writing it down, it's technically copyrighted.…But, again you should go through the process of registering at copyright.gov.…Also, remember that a recording of a song has two copyrights, the actual recording,…
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