Title

Copyright basics: exclusive rights, licensing lingo, and more

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Disc Makers Blog

Publication Date

3-24-2011

Abstract

So you’ve written a new song. It may have the potential to be a hit, but one thing is certain: it makes sense to properly protect your song if you hope to profit from its recording and public performance. How do music copyrights work? What is required to have ownership of your song’s copyright? Why should you register it with the Library of Congress? What are some of the common music licenses that generate income for songwriters?