8What You Need to Know About Music Copyright and Licensing

Before we get into this topic, we need to emphasize that we’re not attorneys. We can only share what we know from our years of experience working with music rights for nonfiction storytelling. This chapter is not legal advice. We strongly recommend you speak to a legal professional regarding your specific production. Okay, now that we’ve provided that important disclaimer, on with the show!

A Brief History of Music Rights in the United States

As a storyteller, you might find it useful to know a bit about the story of music rights in the United States from the perspective of the songwriter. First, you should know that a musical work is considered copyrighted from the very moment ...

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