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3 Things Every Musician Needs to Know About Copyright Law

3 Things Every Musician Needs to Know About Copyright Law

When you create a song or piece of music, that piece of artwork automatically belongs to you. While you hold the copyright to that piece, your word alone can be hard to prove in court, should someone try to steal your work. The only way to ensure that your music is safe from thieves is to protect yourself with an official copyright. If you are unsure why a copyright is necessary, read below to learn more about copyright law and the importance of guarding your creations.

  1. Copyright protection begins with creation: As mentioned earlier when you write a song or create a melody, your copyright protection begins. So long as the music and/or lyrics are recorded or put on paper, they are protected, according to the U.S. Copyright Office.
  2. It is important to register for a copyright: Even though your work is protected as soon as you create it, your case will hold up better in court, should someone try to steal your creation, if you have officially registered the copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office.
  3. A registered copyright establishes different rights for the owner: Once you register for ownership of the copyright, it gives you the right to do many things with your music, song, or album. These rights include, but are not limited to, reproducing the music, adapting and arranging the work, performing it live, and distributing or selling copies of the music.

If you are a Salt Lake City musician, it is important to work with a copyright attorney to ensure that your creations are safe and protected by copyright law. Contact us at Dodd Call Black today to speak with a member of our legal team.