Music Law: Copyrighting a Song
By: Rich Stim
Duration: 1h 7m
Released: March 13, 2015
Copyrighting a song is not the easiest process, but it’s vital for songwriters. It preserves your legal claims to songs and your ability to monetize them. In this course, Rich Stim provides essential guidance to navigate the process and understand the main language, concepts, and business aspects of music copyright.
Rich starts by defining what a song copyright and a sound recording copyright are—and how they’re different. He defines who owns a song, and how to sort out contributions from multiple writers of the same song. Then he explains how to get a copyright using the U.S. Copyright Office’s online application process. The course wraps up by discussing possible objections that copyright examiners may have, as well as what to do to maintain your copyright and correct any errors that crop up.
DISCLAIMER: This course is taught by an attorney (or other instructor) and addresses US law concepts that may not apply in all countries. Neither LinkedIn (including Lynda.com) nor the instructor represents you and they are not giving legal advice. The information conveyed through this course is akin to a college or law school course; it is not intended to give legal advice, but instead to communicate information to help viewers understand the basics of the topic presented.
- What is a song copyright?
- Who owns a song?
- Evaluating cowriters and their contributions
- Registering a song copyright
- Maintaining a copyright registration
- 1. Music and Copyright
- 2. Song Ownership
- 3. Copyright Registration
- 4. Registering a Song Copyright
- 5. Afterward
Richard Stim is a Bay Area attorney and author specializing in intellectual property law and small-business issues. He is the author or co-author of over a dozen books, including:
- Music Law: How to Run Your Band’s Business
- Patent, Copyright & Trademark: An Intellectual Property Desk Reference
- Getting Permission: How to License and Clear Copyrighted Materials Online & Off
- Contracts: The Essential Business Desk Reference, and
- Profit From Your Idea: How to Make Smart Licensing Deals
Stim regularly answers readers’ intellectual-property questions at his blog: Dear Rich: Nolo’s Intellectual Property Blog. In addition to working as an editor at Nolo, a Berkeley publisher, Stim maintains a private practice and has represented cartoonists, graphic artists, toy designers, software developers, musicians, and writers. He’s worked as a musician and currently records with two bands. His new obsession is photographing crows.