Today’s music marketplace is more complex than any previous era. It’s easy to feel paralyzed by the plethora of digital services and business models, to say nothing of corresponding revenue streams—all of which are established by copyright. In simple and easy-to-read language, Music Copyright: An Essential Guide for the Digital Age takes readers step-by-step through the world of music copyright, giving the practical tools to navigate this complex system. Casey Rae demystifies the laws, business practices, and trends that enable—and sometimes frustrate—a rapidly evolving industry and empowers music creators, music managers, technology entrepreneurs to make informed decisions around copyright.
Learn the exclusive rights that attach to expressive works, and how those rights correspond to different roles and royalties within the music marketplace. The book offers step-by-step information on protecting and registering copyrights, with up-to-date explanations of recent developments in the courts and Congress that impact music copyright at a granular level. Here are strategies for music licensing in today’s global marketplace, along with information on how to sign up for royalty collection societies, as well as an array of other useful organizations and services.
Casey Rae is an author, professor, musician, and music business executive. As director of music licensing for SiriusXM, he oversees the direct licensing of sound recordings across the company's services. Previously, Casey served as the CEO of the Future of Music Coalition, a Washington, DC-based education and advocacy organization for musicians. He has published in both scholarly journals and mainstream publications, taught courses at Georgetown University and Berklee College of Music on the music industry, and has testified before the United States Congress on copyright matters.
Chapter One: Getting Familiar with Music Copyright
Chapter Two: A Brief History of Music Copyright
Chapter Three: Digital Music and the Evolution of an Industry
Chapter Four: Musical Works and Copyright Exclusivities
Chapter Five: Sound Recordings and Copyright Exclusivities
Chapter Six: Copyright Enforcement, Safe Harbors, and Fair Use
Chapter Seven: Copyright Registration, Metadata, and Databases
Chapter Eight: Music Licensing: PROs, Publishing Administration, Synchronizations, and More
Final Thoughts: Music Copyright and the Big Picture
About the Author
A comprehensive, practical and eminently readable resource for anyone wanting to fully understand the complexities of copyright law in modern times— it’s exactly what it claims to be: an essential guide for the digital age.
For years I’ve bugged Casey with questions related to copyright. After reading his wonderfully informative book, I’m now a Certified Copyright Ninja™ like him!
This is a highly readable text that provides an excellent, state-of-the-art foundation for musicians or aspiring professionals interested in gaining a deeper understanding of music copyright. I’m not aware of a more accessible, thorough, and timely resource.