What Fans Need to Know About Music Rights & Royalties

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The copyright of music allows its owner to:

  • Reproduce a copy of the original work. The copyright owner is allowed to create copies of the original work for its distribution, gain maximum reach, and generate desired revenues. This allows for the physical and digital production of original work, and applies to all music-producing formats such as CDs, concerts, streaming services, and online downloads.
  • Produce new versions of the original work. By holding the exclusive rights of such copyright, the music owner has the permission to create any alternate versions of the original song such as covers, remixes, mash-ups, etc.
  • Distribute copyrighted work to the general public. This aspect of copyright has to do with the release of a music album. This allows for the creation of a proper channel for the distribution of a song via intermediaries, such as record labels, music distributors, streaming channels, and online download services.
  • Public performance of copyrighted work. Artists have to be allowed and to pay negotiating fees in case they want to perform a song that is owned by another person or institution. The work could then be performed in concerts and public appearances.
  • Public display of original work. This allows the exclusive owner of the copyright to showcase details about the composition of this song, photos from performances, photos from rehearsals, and more.



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