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Making it in the Music Business: The Business and Legal Guide for Songwriters and Performers by Lee Wilson

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Chapter 4. Copyright in the Marketplace

The law automatically grants you a copyright when you write a song, but there’s nothing automatic about earning money from it. The entire recording industry is founded on copyrights; this includes both song copyrights and sound recording copyrights, but a good argument can be made that of the two varieties of copyrights, song copyrights are more important to the industry, since nothing happens until someone writes a song. Everyone who works in the recording industry would be unemployed if copyright law did not exist; without copyrights no one’s work would produce any money, and the recording industry is about money, not art. The best songwriters and performers are artists, but even they write their songs ...

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