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Copyright and Intellectual Property Basics for Bands

Intellectual property is a large, complicated topic. Many attorneys spend years studying patent, trademark, and copyright law to fully understand the laws and their implications.

The good news is that musicians don’t need to understand every aspect of the law to protect their own works.

Listen now to learn the basics of trademark and copyright and how they apply to musicians and bands, so you know how to protect yourself – and don’t step on anyone’s toes in the process!

Disclaimer: we aren’t attorneys and this isn’t legal advice. If you have questions about IP law, please email us and we can put you in touch with an IP attorney who is also a musician.

What you’ll learn:

  • What intellectual property terms matter for musicians
  • How to copyright your music
  • The difference between trademark and copyright
  • How long copyright lasts
  • Why “poor man’s copyright” is not an option
  • How music publishing royalties are split
  • Mechanical royalties for songwriters
  • The difference between a composition copyright and a sound recording copyright

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