Music Copyright

Copyright a Musical Work

The owner of a music copyright has the exclusive legal right to make copies, to prepare derivative
works, to sell or distribute copies, and to perform the work publicly. Anyone else using that music in these ways must have permission from the copyright owner to do so.

Copyright in a musical work also includes the right to make and distribute the first sound recording. Although others are permitted to make subsequent sound recordings, they must compensate the copyright owner of the musical work under the compulsory licensing provision of the law.

By registering the copyright for your music, you will be entitled to receive performance royalties whenever your composition is performed on radio, in clubs, concerts or other public places.

Copyright in a sound recording protects against unauthorized reproduction and revision,
unauthorized distribution of recordings that contain those sounds, and certain unauthorized performances by means of a digital audio transmission.


When the copyright is registered for original music, the copyright owner is granted
the exclusive legal rights to:

      • Reproduce the work.
      • Prepare derivative works.
      • Distribute copies to the public by sale, rental, lease or lending.
      • Perform the copyrighted music publicly.
      • Authorize others to exercise these rights.



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