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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SONGS, BEATS, LYRICS, AND MELODIES – YOURSELF!
As a songwriter, artist, musician or producer you have an obligation to yourself to protect your creativity (also referred to as intellectual property). I’d like to address my fellow artists and musicians especially those of us who play live instruments as well as those of us who work with sequencers like the MPC 2000, 2000XL, 4000 or Reason as well as Sonar Producer, Pro-Tools (midi), Cuebase, Logic or any other type of built in sequencer that comes standard in the Korg Triton Extreme, Yamaha Motiff, or Roland Fantom workstations. There are many other excellent keyboards but these happen to be my personal tools choice.
What’s really important to me that you understand is when you make a “beat” your actually writing a song! Your writing music, not just a “beat”! This automatically entitles you to writer’s royalties, publishing royalties, mechanical royalties, and administration! I will explain these royalty streams in future posts of “How to protect your creativity and “SHIELD YOUR MUSIC”.
First of all YOU own one-hundred percent of that song or beat until you have another writer add lyrics & melody. The two of you now share equally fifty-fifty in all copyright ownership rights for the rest of your lives plus seventy-five years. The mathematics here works vice-a-versa if you begin your song with words and a melody. So when someone needs a beat from you lease it! Don’t sell it! Then you will have something to leave your kids when you pass on. Keep watching for future posts for more knowledge. In the meantime, check out the initial ten commandments of songwriting! Be smart, don’t be foolish and you’ll thank yourself down the line!
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