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5 things every musician should know about copyright

5 things every musician should know about copyright | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Think about it: without copyright law, music would be a hobby. Anyone could record, distribute, perform, or sync your music with video without even asking you, let alone providing payment. In other words, copyright law is the very foundation of your music career, so it makes sense to understand it.

You can leave the finer points of the law to lawyers, but you should have a solid understanding of the basics. Not only will this knowledge help you feel more at ease when discussing contracts, you’ll also be able secure income streams and protect your rights.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Know your rights!

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A Copyright Victory, 35 Years Later

A Copyright Victory, 35 Years Later | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Victor Willis, a former member of the Village People, is set to take control of a share of the copyright to songs he wrote for the group.
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And yet I can't help wondering what Leatherman is up to lately?

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Aimee Mann Files Huge Copyright Lawsuit Over Digital Music (Exclusive)

Aimee Mann Files Huge Copyright Lawsuit Over Digital Music (Exclusive) | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter suggests that many online streaming services might be relying on the wrong company to properly license her work.
Pierre Priot's insight:

The show is just getting started!

Expect more copyright lawsuits.

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David Lawrence's curator insight, March 11, 3:20 PM

MediaNet was in the wrong for not properly licensing their music streaming, I hope Aimee won this battle.

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Sony Issues Bob Dylan Recordings to Keep European Copyright

Sony Issues Bob Dylan Recordings to Keep European Copyright | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Sony Music has released a very limited album of early Bob Dylan recordings to retain its copyright on them under the provisions of a new European law.
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Bringing It All Back Home
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Adam Price's curator insight, March 15, 6:00 PM

This album went as high as $1450 just because of it's rarity due to copyright laws that Sony put on the album. This shows just how crucial copyrights can effect the music and the artists recognition. 

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Copyrights: Legal hurdles to retrieving files from Megaupload

Copyrights: Legal hurdles to retrieving files from Megaupload | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Megaupload users got a temporary reprieve this week when the companies that hosted the site's servers, Carpathia Hosting and Cogent Communications, agreed not to delete any Megaupload data for at least two weeks.
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SoundCloud to record labels: Don't sue us and we'll cut you in

SoundCloud to record labels: Don't sue us and we'll cut you in | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

SoundCloud, the Berlin-based audio streaming site, is getting worried about copyright violations on its site.

SoundCloud is like YouTube for audio; it allows anybody to upload any kind of audio. This naturally opens the door to people uploading copyrighted audio. Just as YouTube has had to do, SoundCloud now wants to work out agreements with copyright holders over what to do when this happens

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

Smart move from SoundCloud. Let the majors in so they won't sue their own endeavor.

That's sad news for the indie world though.

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For a Classic Motown Song About Money, Credit Is What He Wants

For a Classic Motown Song About Money, Credit Is What He Wants | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

The songwriter Barrett Strong has had his name struck from copyright documents for “Money (That’s What I Want),” Motown’s first national hit.

Pierre Priot's insight:

“Credit (That’s What I Want)”

-- Barrett Strong

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Vine, hip-hop and the future of video sharing: old rap songs and new copyright rules

Vine, hip-hop and the future of video sharing: old rap songs and new copyright rules | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Is there a reason Vine videos are exactly six seconds long? Yes, and it has a lot to do with high profile court cases that almost destroyed hip hop music.
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It only takes 6 seconds to infringe copyright

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Why No One Knows How Much Money Musicians Are Making Now

Why No One Knows How Much Money Musicians Are Making Now | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
In the digital music era, complicated and outdated copyright law as well as private negotiations have made it difficult see how much is really going back to the people making music.
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