Industry

On this page, we will present Music Industry news items, music publishing process notes, and other relevant topics for songwriters, publishers, recording studios, and all those involved in recording other people's music.

Copyright Process

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Perhaps you wonder, "How can I copyright a song I have written?"

Protect your creativity!  It is advantageous to register your work with the United States Copyright Office, because copyright registration must generally be made before an infringement suit may be effective.

You can register your work online at https://copyright.gov/registration/.

Form SR is available here.  

It will also be helpful for you to have the instructions for Form SR - they are included in Copyright Circular 50 available here.

Music Modernization Act (MMA)

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The MMA revamps Section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act and aims to bring copyright law up to speed for the streaming era. These are the act’s three main pieces of legislation:  

1. It makes it easier for rights holders to get paid when their music is streamed online. 

2. Includes the "Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, & Important Contributions to Society" (CLASSICS) Act for pre-1972 recordings.

3. Includes The Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act, which improves royalty payouts for producers and engineers from SoundExchange when their recordings are used on satellite and online radio.

Songwriter News

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 This is an excellent and important article for songwriters! 


https://www.bmi.com/news/entry/top-songwriting-workshop-questions-and-their-answers