Music Copyrights and Publishing Information
If you are not familiar with music copyrights and public domain information, it’s important to learn about these topics before you immerse yourself into the music industry. I’ve listed some resources below for you to read and review. If you have any additional resources on trademarks, copyrights or laws and public domain information related to music, please let us know! We’ll happily add additional resources!
- Public Domain Information Project (This website contains a huge list of public domain music and songs.)
- Copyright and the Public Domain (also from the website above)
- The Musician's Law and Business Guide – a good read that covers copyright basics for musicians
- Legal Issues Involved in the Music Industry – this is a .PDF file and it covers music copyrights, issues dealing with music sampling, music publishing and legal agreements with record labels and recording artists.
- MUSICBED – this is a fun website. It helps you legally find music/songs for your videos that you can publish without infringing on copyright laws.
- Music Law & Business
- Music Parody: Fair Use Or Copyright Infringement (Good read – this might answer your questions with music song parodies, such as songs done by artists like Weird Al.
- All About Music Piracy - Recording Industry Association of America
- Copyrights on Music, bu the Music Publishers Association of the United States
- The United States Copyright Law – Retail Print Music Dealers Association
- 3 of the Most Commonly Misunderstood Music Copyright Laws (this covers the performance rights laws, rights to make changes to others’ songs and music and the fair use policies in music and recording.)
- Music Copyright Law in the USA (This is a .PDF file)
- MUSIC RECORDING, PUBLISHING, ANDCOMPULSORY LICENSES: TOWARD A CONSISTENTCOPYRIGHT LAW (This is a lengthy and technical read from Hofstra Law University, but it is a good one! It’s also a .PDF file)
- Copyright Registration forMusical Compositions (.PDF file)
- Copyright Law, Treaties and Advice (geared toward music publishers)
- Douglas Yeo FAQ: "Ripping" CDs and "Sharing" Music vs. Copyright Law
- Copyright Law: What Music Teachers Need to Know (This is published by the National Association for Music Education and is a must read for all music teachers and music educators!)
- Songs on Trial: 12 Landmark Music Copyright Cases (Interesting read to see how the law ended up ruling in these landmark music copyright trials.)