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This chapter highlights the following clearance issues as they specifically relate to music:

• ownership and collaboration of music

• sampling of music

• copyright infringement of music

With respect to music clearance issues, you must first understand the distinction between a song and a sound recording. There are two distinct copyrights in every recorded song.

There is a copyright in the song which consists of the melody and any accompanying lyrics. In Copyright Act lingo songs are referred to as musical compositions.

There is a separate and distinct copyright in the recording of the song – referred to alternatively as the recording, sound ...

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