After Writing discusses the various copyright issues that arise once a song is written. This blog is authored by solo practitioner, Pamela Parker of Austin, Texas.
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Copyright: the right to control the copying and use of a protected work. Songs are copyrighted works. A song is considered as one whole work, so if it consists of both music and lyrics, and if one person wrote the music and one person wrote the lyrics, there is only one copyright and both authors...
You may by now be wondering why a lawyer is talking to you about setting performance goals and joining associations. Shouldn't I be talking about how to copyright your songs? The truth is, unless you are good at what you do, organized about how you do it (even if you depend on someone else to...
The last two questions on your survey are related, but different issues: I have material registered with the copyright office - both songs and recordings. I have a complete list, somewhere, of what I have written, who wrote the songs, who played on the recordings, and written agreements with...
MySpace is still a bit of a mystery to me. I continue to slowly stumble around and figure out what can be done with it. This morning I discovered something that I haven't seen talked about, although I'm sure there are people out there who know this. My musical specialty area is what I am...
Music Business Plan, part 7 The next questions on the survey are: I belong to the following music related associations: Of these, I find the following to be useful: Of the others, I have/have not taken advantage of their services. y/n For a working songwriter that hopes to sell, you must be...
Do you have an answer for this question? The right market for my music is _________ Songs are used in LOTS of places. We tend to think about songwriting in conjunction with what we hear on the radio, and country, rock and pop acts do in fact buy songs. But there are also huge amounts of...
How did you answer these questions: I have sold a song or two (or more). I know what genre the music industry would classify my music as. y/n If you are a songwriter, you should be trying to sell songs. The exception is if you write only songs that you, your band, or a specific band with which you...
Next question: I perform as much as I would like, yes or no? If the answer is no, here are some things to consider. Not all will apply to everyone, of course, so find the items that might make sense for you, and put them on your "think about it" list. find a new person to handle your bookingif...
How did you answer this? I record demos and am happy with how they sound y/n If you are a working musician you need a demo, and in most cases you need many demos. You need demos for booking gigs. Your demos should match the type of performance you are trying to book, so if you work with both a...
Today let's look at those of you who identified yourself as one of the following: a songwriteran arrangera produceran engineerAgain, the goal here is to make more money, so we look for ways to either expand your opportunities, or better exploit those that already exist. A songwriter might consider...