What is Copyright? and 4 Types of Royalties


As soon as your songs are on a fixed media….written or recorded…you can claim copyright, even if it is not registered with the government. You can use the ©2011 YOUR NAME and claim ownership of what you created.
But what does copyright really get you? What is a copy right?
Copyright offers some basic rights to the owner:

Five exclusive rights:
(a) to make copies of the songs through print or recordings
(b) to distribute them to the public for profit
(c) to the “public performance right”; live or through a recording
(d) to create a derivative work to include elements of the original music; and
(e) to “display” it (not very relevant in context).

If you are releasing your song commercially, you should register it, find more info at Copyright.gov.

So what can you do with the rights listed above? Make money!!
There are 4 basic ways that songs can earn royalties…these are evolving all the time with online streaming, etc.
(1) royalties from “print rights”
(2) mechanical royalties from the recording of composed music on CDs and tape
(3) performance royalties from the performance of the compositions/songs on stage or television through artists and bands, and
(4) synch (for synchronization) royalties from using or adapting the musical score in the movies, television advertisements, etc.

Do you have a song that you need a professional recording of?
That’s what I do, get at me,

~ Chad

Professional Song Recording


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