Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video Who owns your band's songs?, part of Music Law: Managing a Band's Business.
- U.S. copyright law awards…two music related copyrights.…One to the writers of the songs,…the songwriting copyright,…and the others to the owners of the recordings,…the sound recording copyright.…As a result of this, the songwriting members of the band…can earn a great deal more than other members.…In my course Copyrighting a Song,…I provide an explanation of how songwriter…contributions are evaluated within a band.…And you can review that course…for more detail on this topic.…
For now, I'll summarize some of those issues.…Historically, songwriting revenue is paid…to the people who wrote the words,…melody, and chord structure.…A more modern approach is to include…contributions from memorable drums, bass,…keyboards, and other parts as well.…Regardless of these approaches,…there is no mandatory standard as how to divide it up.…It's whatever creative solution…the co-writers agree upon.…If your band wants to avoid songwriting disputes…down the road, here are some suggestions.…
After a song is recorded, the band should decide…
It starts with what it means to be the manager of a band, and what types of business structures are available for bands. Once you've decided on a business structure, you can create a band partnership agreement that covers voting rights, postbreakup scenarios, new members, and terms for resolving disputes. Richard also exposes potential sources of disputes, like ownership of the band name, songs, equipment, and recordings. He includes advice on negotiating solid band contracts and managing financial basics: taxes, income, cash flow, and bookkeeping. Finally, he'll address how to protect your work, including your copyrights, band name, and songs, and explains how to find a lawyer—and save money on attorney fees.
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- Putting together a band partnership agreement
- Working out ownership disputes
- Limiting band liability
- Protecting your copyrights and band name
- Hiring a lawyer