Creative Commons Licenses

Songwriting and recording copyrights perplex even the most knowledgeable of us and the laws are consistently becoming more complex as music goes digital. We want to be paid for our work. We certainly do not want to be stolen from or taken advantage of by the industry. We want to get our music out there … Read more

Performance Rights Organizations: Working with the PRO’s

Performance Rights Organizations are known as PRO’s, which is pronounced by saying each individual letter P.R.O.—like NPR for National Public Radio. Confusion can sometimes set in because ‘pro’ is the short term for professional. PRO’s do not necessarily mean pro (professional). This is important to know not only to sound professional when you are talking … Read more

FREE Kindle Edition of Copyright Basics

Do you want to know more about Copyright Laws? You can get a FREE Kindle Edition of Copyright Basics by the Library of Congress Copyright Office. Click Here to get your edition of Copyright Basics. This brochure was created by the United States Copyright Office to give a basic overview of Copyright Laws. Don’t have … Read more

The Poor Man’s Copyright

The Poor Man’s Copyright is not effective in court. In previous posts we have learned who can claim copyrights, what those rights are, and how to get them. Now that we have defined copyrights, we are moving into the area of protecting your bands copyrights. In the songwriting industry, protecting your copyright hinges on two main ideas: • … Read more