Learn the Basics of Copyright Protection with Songtrust
In your pursuit of industry education, there is an important topic that can’t be — but alas, often is — overlooked: copyright protection.
As a musician, you certainly want to protect your intellectual property from its creation. However, many of us don’t know where to begin. That’s where this handy article from Songtrust comes in.
The rights management company enlisted entertainment lawyer Seth L. Berman to give you a crash course on the basics of copyrighting, what it protects, and the rights and benefits it provides. Here’s an excerpt:
Copyrights protect original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression. That is, copyright only protects the expression of creative works that are perceptible and recorded. Copyrights do not protect things like pre-existing materials, ideas, facts, methodologies, processes or works in the public domain. These things may be subject to other forms of legal intellectual property protection, but not copyright protection.