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Music Copyright Laws UK

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Publishing, licensing and music copyright laws UK in the music industry

Music Copyright Laws UK: Below is some useful information about publishing, licensing and music copyright laws UK in the music industry. Music copyright laws UK are there to enforce any music sold is being sold legally.

Music Copyright Laws UK

Assuming that you now have your copyright evidence established you would probably want to promote, publish and get paid for your work. To make sure you keep with the music copyright laws UK, you first need to complete the following steps:

  • The next step is to sign up with a publishing company such as: PRS/MCPS and/or Sentric Music. These companies will work on your behalf to collect your performing and mechanical rights/royalties from licensed venues and manufacturers/distributors of media.
  • Every time that you or someone else performs or plays your work, you will receive a performance royalty payment. Mechanical royalty payments will be collected from everyone that reproduces your work for broadcast, distribution or online streaming.
  • All these rights collection agencies/societies/companies require that you own the copyright to your work. So, make sure that you have this evidence for every piece of work that you think might make you some money. This is one of the important music copyright laws UK!
  • If you would prefer to give your work away for free, your best option is to do this using Creative Commons licensing,
  • You have probably seen Creative Commons licenses everywhere on the web on sites such as Flickr, RSS feeds, blog sites, music distribution sites, BandCamp, Vimeo, etc.
  • Creative Commons can only be applied to work that you own the copyright to. So, make sure that this is evidenced first. Then decide which type of Creative Commons licence to apply.

Tips about Music Copyright Laws UK

  • Record or write down your work in some physical form as soon as you can. Music copyright laws UK include copyright protection. Copyright protection only applies to a physical recording (audio, video, written formats) of your work. While it’s in your head as an idea it is not protected.
  • Register with collection agencies/societies/companies/publishing companies to collect payments for the performance and use of your work
  • DON’T give your work away for free – use Creative Commons licensing to distribute your work (for free) in a controlled manner.
  • Never sample another song in your own recording. Even if it’s borrowing something as simple as a chord progression or 2 lyrical lines, it will still be against music copyright laws UK! Keep it original


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