‘Going for a Song’: Copyright Guidance for Music Writers & Composers

CopyrightUser.org’s new ‘Going for a Song’ resource

CREATe is delighted to announce the publication of a new educational resource on CopyrightUser.org.

Going for a Song offers authoritative and accessible sector-specific copyright guidance for music writers and composers. It is based around the video, Going for a Song, which tells the story of Tina and Ben, a (fictional) music composer and a lyricist who create an original song and discuss how to market it.

The video is accompanied by seven ‘Tracks’; supplementary texts drafted by CREATe researcher Kenny Barr that provide guidance on how UK copyright law regulates different aspects of the journey of a song, from its creation to its distribution. Topics addressed by the texts include what constitutes a song, how to protect a song with copyright, sound recording rights, publishing and record deals, among others. The content of the resource was developed from an interactive workshop for music writers and composers, conducted by the Copyright User team on 19th March 2015.  The workshop was part of the series Understanding UK Copyright Law, carried out in collaboration with the Digital Catapult and the Copyright Hub. The video was produced by Worth Knowing and directed by Bartolomeo Meletti and Ruth Towse.

Find out about how UK copyright law regulates different aspects of the journey of a song, from its creation to its distribution

Going for a Song was funded by CREATe and produced in collaboration with the global production music library Audio Network. The resource will be publicly launched in Glasgow on 8th March 2017 at the CREATe Public LectureStop Me If You Think That You’ve Heard This One Before: plagiarism in music copyright’ by Dr Simon Anderson.

You can access the resource at: http://copyrightuser.org/going-for-a-song/

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