5 reasons you SHOULD copyright protect your music

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1. Copyright protects the form in which a particular idea is expressed.

There are various ways to express an idea creatively like music, movies, literature, or photos. The copyright is usually owned by the creator or author of a particular work. Copyright holders have the authority to copy a particular work, perform it, issue copies, and make translations and adaptations if necessary. Copyright laws assist in preventing the illegal transmission of a particular creative work via web or broadcast. A work will be qualified for copyright if it exhibits a certain degree of labour that has gone into its creation.

Copyright for musicians is essential to the music industry as it prevents illegal transmission of music. Creating music is definitely an arduous task which requires much deliberation, effort and oodles of creativity. When it is illegally adapted or downloaded freely, the artists do not get the reward they deserve. When you copyright music, it ensures that in case of a violation, the culprits are punished.

The popularity of the internet has increased the possibilities of piracy and illegal downloading of music. Earlier, piracy was difficult because people had to hire the music CD from someone and copy it to illegally propagate or sell it. But this process has become easy because of the various file sharing software available in the market. Although there are many laws aimed to curtail illegal downloading, they are hardly effective. Because of copyright protection, you can sue people who illegally download your music and use it for various personal and commercial purposes.

2. Copyright ensures protection for your musical piece.

You will be able to prevent misuse when you copyright song. When a particular song or track is copyright protected, people will be discouraged from stealing it and make adaptations as there will be legal ramifications. If a particular work of music is not copyright protected, anyone can use it for any propose without paying any compensation or royalty.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) criminalizes the reproductions and dissemination of copyrighted materials. If your music is copyrighted, this law will ensure that anyone who uses it for any purpose without your permission will be penalized.

Copyright for artists allows the artists to decide how to make use of the copyright protected work. If you are the copyright holder, you have the sole authority to produce or reproduce the work from time to time. You also have the right to authorize anyone to produce, reproduce or broadcast your work. For instance, if a particular company wants to use your music for an advertisement, you can charge the company if you have the copyright for the music.

Copyright permits you to object the use of a particular music or track if you find that it is used in a morally objectionable manner. When you realize that a song is used to defame a person or a particular section of people, you can object to the use as you have the sole authority over the music because of the copyright.

3. When you copyright a particular work of music, you are making a public claim or record that you have the sole authority over that particular song or musical piece.

People will hesitate to use your music without your permission when it is well known that you own the copyright of that track or song. And in case of an infringement, you can validate your claim by presenting the copyright evidence.

4. Copyright music is an asset.

It can be traded or transferred. You receive money when you permit a particular company or person to reproduce or broadcast the music or track that you have created.

If your music is copyrighted you can sell it to various online stores like Amazon, Apple app store etc. Today many people depend on these sources to access and purchase music. You can reach to maximum number of people by making your music available at online stores such as these.

5. Copyright creates legacy too.

It is possible for you to transfer the copyright works to other people in your family just like you transfer an estate that is in your name.

Copyrighting your music ensures that you receive due remuneration. You will have the power to sell or transfer your creative work and make it available to people who wish to reproduce it for some purpose if you have the copyright.

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