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

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THREE

The Six Exclusive Rightsof the Copyright Holder

With several notable limitations, the U.S. Copyright Act gives the copyright owner ‘‘the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do’’ six specific activities.

1. The right ‘‘to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or phonorecords.’’ Here we come across the word phonorecords again. The definition provided by the 1976 Copyright Act says that phonorecords are:

… material objects in which sounds, other than those accompanying a motion picture or other audiovisual work, are fixed by any method now known or later developed, and from which the sounds can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. The term ‘‘phonorecords’’ ...

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