It’s important that all artists understand their rights with the intellectual property they create. Copyrighting your music not only protects your work but can also provide a revenue stream being missed by many artists.
Read this informative article written by Keith Hatschek. He’s a professor in the music conservatory at the University of the Pacific. He also teaches courses through the Berklee School of music and has published several books about the music industry.
Copyright basics: exclusive rights, licensing lingo, and more
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 and copyright a 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?