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The New Songwriter's Guide to Music Publishing, 3rd Edition by Randy Poe

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TWO

The Evolutionof the Copyright

Understanding what music publishing is first requires an understanding of what copyright is all about. The terms copyright and music publishing go hand in hand. They don’t mean the same thing, but each requires the other in the context of our discussion.

Like a hot dog and a hot dog bun, they are two separate entities, both of which can be ‘‘digested’’ separately. When you put the two together, however, they can be better appreciated.

Definitions of Copyright and Publication

Taken at face value, copyright means (as the Copyright Office aptly explains) ‘‘the right to copy.’’ In other words, when you create an original work (such as a song), you own exclusive rights to that work and copies of that work. The reason ...

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