You don’t need to be Elvis to claim royalty-(ies) part one 4/6/07

You don’t need to be Elvis to claim royalty-(ies) part one 4/6/07 

Right then, 

Royalties – what you need to know: 

First of all, artists can generate royalties from loads of places, the PPL, PRS, MCPS, VPL etc and to earn these royalties you must first be aware of the concept of Copyright© 

Copyrights are basically the cornerstone of the entertainment industry, owning the copyright to your material is extremely preferable. I say preferable rather then essential as copyright, although intangible, is something that you can legally sell and a lot of big money record contracts will take the copyrights of your songs as part of the deal. This is why bands like Enter Shikari are using the DIY model as they get to keep their copyrights and therefore get a bigger cut of everything that’s generated. 

Currently, the copyright duration for sound recordings within the
UK is 50 years, although aging prune faced rockers such as Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Paul McCartney are currently lobbying to get this extended ( Whereas the copyright for a musical composition lasts for 70 years after the day the author dies. So basically, A writes the song, B sings the song on the recording. A gets money for ages whilst B stops receiving money 50 years after the recording was made. This is obviously unfair and hopefully the lobbying will make them change the rules.

Whoever writes the music and lyrics owns the copyright for them (and they can be 2 separate copyrights) but when you record material, make sure the producers who record it for you let you have the copyright to the recordings. There is currently a new model arising where studios will take copyright for whatever you record there rather then charging a fee for their service.  

With your copyrights you can either assign them or license them. To assign your rights you are outright selling them to another party, whereas to license them you are giving permission for someone else to use them. 

License Vs Assignment 

License            contractual right            can’t usually sue            owner will still have rights in the work            may be conditional on performance            exclusive or non-exclusive            rights revert to owner upon insolvency            need not be in writing            doesn’t automatically have right to alter work by way of correction/additions 


            property right            can sue            owner will have no more rights in the work            not conditional on performance            confers ownership            assignee retains rights upon insolvency            must be in writing            does have right to alter work by way of correction/additions 

(Copyright Phil Saxe for those bullet points) 

If someone infringes your copyright then legally there are two remedies, either Civil – injunctions, damages, confiscation of elicit copies etc or Criminal – Imprisonment, fines or the classic double whammy; imprisonment and fines. 

Right, this blog is now long enough so next week I’ll tell you about how to exploit these new found copyrights in the forms of royalties… 

Check me out – doing a blog cliff hanger! 

What I’m listening to this week: Buckcherry and
Cedar Falls

Stay tuned


~ by Sentric on June 4, 2007.

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