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The Art of Music Publishing by Helen Gammons

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CHAPTER

Understanding copyright

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WHAT IS COPYRIGHT?

Let us begin by looking at the technical definitions and structure of copyright, before seeing how this may affect you.

Copyright is a protection that covers published and unpublished works. It exists at the point of creation, arising automatically. The copyright work, however, must exist in a material form, for example, that of a recording or sheet music.

Copyright subsists in the following works:

•  original music works

•  original artistic works

•  original literary works

•  original dramatic works

•  films, sound recordings, broadcasts, cable programs, typographical arrangements of published editions.

The Copyrights Designs and Patents Act (CDPA) 1988 gives certain economic and moral ...

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