Drop the Hammer on Modern Digital Music Distribution: Using the Law to Your Advantage

Sorry about the late post. Measures have been taken to assure your daily fill of music publishing knowledge.

If you want to really protect yourself and your delicious music juice from illegal digital music distribution sources, then you’ll like this post. I’m no lawyer, and thus you might continue to befriend and confide in your attorney with more dollar bills (or pounds) for his input. Nonetheless, read below for a piece of delicious, law-based candy.

 

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With U.S. copyright laws (currently, I speak just for the U.S. here).

S0mething to consider: when you conceive your intellectual property in tangible form (sticks, paper, audio recording, video recording, crayons on wall), copyright laws stand guard to protect you and your property. Two copyrights you immediately contract (in ways not unsimilar to diseases):

  • Performing Arts (PA) Copyright: The actual composition, map, that will create the sounds that make your music
  • Sound Recording (SR) Copyright: Interpretations of that map, the actual recordings of people following the map of your music

For digital music distribution companies to legally spread your music, they need obtain a mechanical license (aka audio-only license) from you. They must contract (whether oral or written) with you before spreading your music, digital or otherwise.

 

Randall Wixen* and Eric Beall** (music business weasels) recommend that you acquire an official copyright license as little formality to protect you one step further than the default copyright laws.

 

If you remember these two little bits of information, you can prevent shark music publishers from eating your media (music or otherwise) alive.

 

More Resources

Sources: Law In Business (8th Edition), and The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing

Related Posts: Protecting Yourself With Music Publishing Companies and Digital Music Distribution (Your Rights)

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