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How Do I Copyright A Song I Wrote?

If you are creative and compose music, then most likely you are not only satisfying your craving for creativity, but also making money from it. But making a profit is sometimes difficult. For example, you can receive royalties for listening to your song on a music streaming service if your copyright on that song is established.

Royalties are remuneration in the form of periodic percentage deductions. The basis for the calculation, as a rule, is the net profit received from commercial use.

To do this, you will need to conclude an agreement with a label that will promote your song. For example, just such a system works in the Swedish music streaming service Spotify, which has been leading the global music market for many years in a row.

The license agreement involves the granting by the copyright holder of permission to use the music under certain conditions. Such an agreement should define the musical content, methods, term and territory of its use, as well as financial conditions.

The license does not imply a complete transfer of rights, as in an agreement on the alienation of an exclusive right. The exclusive right remains with the copyright holder. It is a common practice in the music industry to determine remuneration for the use of content in the form of royalties.

An exclusive license is a type of license that implies that only the licensee can exclusively use the music under the terms specified in the agreement.

A simple, or non-exclusive, license is a type of license that implies the right to use the music by the licensee with the ability to grant the license holder licenses to many people (without exclusivity for one).

Collective rights management is designed to facilitate the interaction of copyright holders and users in the areas of mass use of musical content: television broadcasting, radio broadcasting, public performance in bars, restaurants, clubs and other public places.

Without a collective rights management system, content users (radio stations, TV companies, shopping malls, and others) would have to search for each author or copyright holder in order to conclude a separate agreement with each. To use musical works, performances, phonograms, users enter into an agreement with this organization and have the right to use any content included in its catalog.

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The law gives authors the opportunity to enter into an agreement directly with the user (for example, if you are both the author and performer of the songs you play at concerts). Concert organizers are often faced with a situation where not all works performed can be licensed directly from the performer.

There are two ways to ensure that the organizers do not have problems: either conclude a license agreement with a collective management organization, or conclude a license agreement directly with the copyright holder.

It is more convenient and profitable to conclude an agreement directly with the copyright holder in cases where the copyright holders are known and easy to contact. There are cases when the artists themselves administer their rights, you can also negotiate with their publisher or label.

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