You don’t need to register your copyright to protect your work. However, copyright law provides several benefits to musicians, performers, and songwriters that have registered their copyrights—designed to encourage registration. By creating a public record of your copyright, you place the world on notice and are able to fully enforce your rights and claims to…

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As many musicians, performers, and songwriters know, their copyrights in their works are crucial to their success. It is important to know who the author or authors of those works are, and the various rights and benefits that come with authorship. If you wrote and recorded a song, you are the sole author of that…

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As a professional artist, you are more than just a composer, painter, writer, musician, or performer. You are a business, and it’s important to treat yourself as such—to help limit your personal liability in professional matters, and to take full advantage of the many benefits provided to businesses. 1. Establish a brand identity. By creating…

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In June 2016, a jury unanimously decided that Led Zeppelin did not commit copyright infringement with its popular 1970s hit “Stairway to Heaven.” Widely considered one of the greatest rock songs of all time, the opening phrase of “Stairway” is believed to bear a significant resemblance to Spirit’s “Taurus,” a song released two years prior….

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