Copyright Demystified

Posted on: June 3, 2014

Copyrights in music publishing are among the least understood and most critical concepts in the performing arts industry.

Musical America’s latest Special Report, Music Publishing: Copyright Demystified, untangles the many components of the “bundle of rights” protecting and fostering the very core of the arts world: The Work. After all, the proper use of artistic works is one of the bedrocks of the business as well as for fostering creativity. It also keeps everyone on the right side of the law.

The concept of intellectual property is the easy part. The difficulty—and the devil, of course—is in the details.

Musical America uses real-life examples and experts—composers, businesspeople, lawyers (the nice kind)—to make plain in non-legalese the seeming labyrinth involved in navigating intellectual property rights and the process to obtain them.

Click here to download Music Publishing: Copyright Demystified or go to to download any of the free Special Reports covering key issues in the performing arts industry, such as digital marketing, fundraising, competitions, summer festivals, health care for musicians, and more.

Posted June 3, 2014