Usually harmony and melody will develop within a section of the song, before returning to a home point at the end of the section. The structure of a song is the way in which its sections have been arranged, usually with repetition, to create the total work. An appropriate song structure will create an effective musical experience for the listener, and two main aspects should be considered.
Known as "intellectual property rights," these rights are granted by federal law with more than countries having treaties honoring each country's intellectual property laws, see our FAQ 9. These are "ownership" rights that usually got to the actual composer s of the original work, both the melody and the lyrics.
Included is the exclusive right to basically do whatever you want with the material you write while no one else can, without your permission or without paying royalties. If the song has just a single songwriter, figuring out who holds ownership is pretty easy. Problems, however, can arise when multiple composers are involved.
If there's no prior agreement among multiple composers, the law generally assumes that everyone has an equal interest.
So if you DON'T want it to be that way, make sure you have a separate written agreement which specifies what percentage each songwriter has contributed, or how to otherwise split up ownership for purposes of future royalties, sale of publishing rights, etc.
We've written a short article on this subject here. The creator of such material is granted these exclusive rights to make copies, or distribute, play it, or make new versions or remixes of the originals. This can also include the exclusive right to perform the song or musical piece in front of others and, except for certain situations, other people need to get the holder's permission before performing the work in public one such exception is called the "fair use" exception, when, for example, someone who is reviewing the work uses part of it in that review.
In such cases, no permission from the song's owner is needed. One point many don't realize is that song titles are NOT copyrightable. That's why you've seen many books, movies and songs with same or similar titles. And regarding exclusive rights, it works equally for both song owner and members of the public.
Just as the song's owner can do what he or she wants with the material, so must the consumer HONOR the intellectual property rights of others! NOT doing so is not only illegal, it's also unethical. It's that old Golden Rule: Just as you wouldn't want someone else stealing your work, don't steal someone else's!
An example, without even realizing it, can come when you consider incorporating a "sample" of someone else's work into your own material without first getting permission or a license to do so.
And since laws involving "sampling" get quite complex, we strongly urge you to speak with a lawyer before using samples. Many people, even some lawyers not familiar with these laws, are confused about the actual process and how it works legally.
While it's true that musical pieces carry automatic protection under federal law as soon as they are first put into tangible physical form, proving that you in fact have actual ownership rights under federal law is an entirely different matter.
Writing down your song on a piece of paper, recording it onto a CD, making a video or audio computer file of original material such as an mp3 version.
Original material is technically "copyrighted" — meaning protection attaches — from that moment on, without you having to do anything else! NO registration with the government is required. NO mailing copies to yourself. NO registering with a third party company is required!
So registering your material, as soon after writing it as possible, is not just a good idea, it's also the best way to ensure you have the necessary evidence to prove that you wrote the material first — a key element in virtually all such disputes. There are many forms of it, ranging from the intentional, malicious stealing of one's work for the purpose of making money from it by claiming it as one's own, to the UNintentional use of someone else's composition or a part of it by just subconsciously remembering it after hearing it played and then writing it down later, truly believing it is original!
And big penalties, damages and injunctions may be awarded to the true owner as long as he or she can PROVE rightful ownership. Which is where this discussion — of what legally constitutes "ownership of an original artistic piece" — comes into play Click here for that. Those examples are worth noting for the sheer amount of money at stake, to both the infringer and true owner of the work in question — which should be enough to make ALL composers question why they are not taking simple steps to protect their work!
This is when a person mails a song he or she has just written to his or her own address and then doesn't open the envelope.
The idea is that the postmark or registered letter date is supposed to act as "proof" of when the song inside the envelope was written. Contrary to popular belief, it is a myth, plain and simple, and offers NO legal evidence of copyright protection whatsoever!
In fact, there is not one single documented case of this EVER actually working! And there are plenty of good reasons WHY this doesn't work — all centering on what lawyers call "problems of proof" and "authentication. Second, there are too many ways to "game" the system using this technique.
We've written an article on this subject, describing this myth here. That time can vary from country to country, and can also depend on when and where the material was written. But in most cases this protection expires 50 to 70 years AFTER the death of the last living composer of the material.4 Dos and Don’ts When Writing Songs.
Posted in MusicWorld on June 19, by Cliff Goldmacher “Which do you write first, the music or the words?” This is the classic question that all songwriters get asked. A story without a summarizing point or hook risks being too unfocused to keep your listeners’ attention.
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