Copyright music and the rights you get
Every year many people enter the music industry with the whole and sole aim of making some sort of dent or impact. However getting your music across just does not involve releasing your single at all the necessary platforms. It involves getting a copyright of the same done so that no one else can claim it later as their own.
But people tend to misunderstand. They believe that copyright protection means rushing to an office and do a lot of paperwork to get the song in their own name. The moment you finalize your song the process of getting copyrighted starts. You may have recorded it on a CD or hard drive or just recorded the music. Let us tell you more about some other rights that you get when you get your music copyrighted.
Anti-piracy music reproduction rights
In today’s world when it is quite simple to download a piece of music it is important that your song does not fall prey to this problem. Right to reproduce gives you a benefit of creating and storing your music in as many ways as you want. You can record and store in a CD, computer file, print form or as part of a movie or other medium. You also get the chance to create as many copies of the same as you consider right.
Mechanical rights are provided to the record company who wishes to bring your music out for the world to hear. However to get this right the record company would have to pay a fee for each unit that they create. They would be making this payment to the publisher or an agent.
Synchronization rights are given when you plan to synchronize the performance using any visuals and pictures. Such rights are important if you wish to get your song to play on TV programs or movies or any other mediums like Films and web series. It is important that you do your fair share of research on the same and use these rights to grab maximum eyeballs for yourself.
Derivative work rights
Supposing you have your song but would like to make some changes to it. These changes could be as simple as an alteration in the lyrics or tune or something drastically different. The derivative works right give you the permission to make these changes and if need be even bring them out for others to enjoy. Under this right, you can even use your piece in the form of a medley and there would be no issues if you do that.
This involves getting the permission to display your song at different public forums. You would rarely encounter this right but it becomes crucial when someone wishes to use its lyrics or music in some other form. In that case, it is important that you understand why having this right is crucial for you. Do not give your copyright to anyone just because they promise you better visibility for your song.
Music copyrighting is for sure a confusing topic and if you are not careful you may tend to get lost between the terms. There are many people involved in the same for example the agency, publisher and the composer and each of them get a different scope of rights. The above-mentioned rights would give you a fair idea of what you would receive if you decide to take your music to the copyright level. If you do not get the same done before you know you would be caught up in a legal turmoil which is long-term and even difficult to handle.