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Music Rights Unveiled by Maryam Battaglia, Brooke Wentz

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BACKGROUND AND HISTORY

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Music is a complex copyright to understand mainly because there are two copyright holders in a piece of recorded music. There is the copyright in the composition, which is controlled by the publisher; and the copyright in the recording, which is generally held by the record label or, if not, a company that commercially released the recording.

A publisher oversees the use and exploitation of copyrights. This could be a handful of songs held by one individual, or thousands of songs and catalogs held by a major company like Universal Music Publishing or Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Any use of their copyrights via sale through recording or print publication, or the use of a composition ...

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