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bump — anyone?
I’ve read this thread and I’m still unclear. I’m in a similar position — I’m with BMI and I created my own publishing company many years ago with it’s own name, but I can also publish under my own name from what I gather.
So, my questions are: When I’m registering my songs with BMI, should I choose myself as composer at 200% or split it between myself as composer and publisher, 100% each, and why?
And if it is the latter, does it matter if I use my name or the name of the Publishing Company I created?
Thanks in advance,
AJanuary 28, 2014 at 1:52 pm in reply to: How to trust – take leap of faith with new companies ? #14503
Picking up this forgotten thread, I like this topic.
I’m in about 4 libraries and am going through the forums here and trying to figure out which libraries to investigate and possibly apply to next. Unsure how to actually pick ’em….
I like the idea of contacting directly the owners of small libraries … what specific questions would YOU ask someone who runs a music library?
Thanks all … I’ve got some new reading material coming….
I want drumpants! A million household uses!
For about 4 years I’ve been teaching at a film/recording school … I’m a lab instructor for film sound and mastering classes … I like the work and the co-workers. It doesn’t consume my time or energy, allowing me to work on my music.
For a couple of years going, every couple of months I master a handful of cds for some composers I know who are signed to exclusive libraries … that’s what got me interested in doing this for a living.
On a related note, if you are using ProTools their eqs, you can solo eq bands and really hone in on that frequency you’re trying to boost or cut … here is a page with photo and description:
Izotope’s Ozone also has this feature.
So, just to clarify what is going on: these musicians sent their music to a library on a non-exclusive basis, then the musicians used those songs in their music videos, then the library gets YouTube to take those videos down?
Thanks, Art … I am aware that you can’t copyright the title, I was thinking of something else…
Let me clarify. The reason we copyright is to protect our songs should someone copy our musical ideas. Many of us are re-titling our own songs and sending the same song to different libraries with different names.
If, say for instance, one of our songs which we copyrighted as Blue Skies and then sent to one library with that name, then sent to another library as He’s So Fine, gets re-written by Mr. Plaja Rhythm who names his song My Sweet Lord, and he makes over $75,000 or enough to warrant a lawsuit (see the other copyright thread).
Blue Skies was copyrighted, but He’s So Fine was not, wouldn’t that leave a hole in a legal situation?
We wouldn’t be copyrighting the title, but copyrighting every instance of that particular song with each different title we give it.
I’m not a lawyer, I just like to think I play one around the house…
Similar question, but now applying this to copyright — do you register the initial title and all the alternate titles with the copyright office at the same time?
I don’t recall a field in the application process to do that when you’re filling out the copyright application? Or do you send in a different application for alternate titles?