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Copyrights relate to works of art, including textual, visual, musical, dramatic, etc. and are automatic upon creation. Copyrights can be registered in order to obtain additional rights, particularly as to enforcement and international recognition.

Copyright Office Toll-Free Help Line

1-877-476-0778

When patrons call the toll-free line, they will be prompted to select the Copyright Public Information Office (PIO) or the Copyright Technology Office (CTO) help desk, depending on the nature of their inquiry. PIO information specialists address copyright and registration-related inquiries; CTO help desk staff assist eCO users. Recorded information is also available. (Read more.)

Copyright Newsflashes

Universal buys EMI - now only 3 major record labels remain to compete with iTunes.

CCC Newspage News from the Copyright Clearance Center

Copyright Newsnet News from the US Copyright Office

Copyright Basics a Copyright Office brochure

Copyright Office US Copyright Office home page

Copyright linkpage from an ink company


US Copyright Law Hyperlinked version of Copyright Law from Cornell's Law Information Institute or “LII”.

World Copyright Report

an online magazine that reports on copyright news and basic copyright information. Written at a relatively high level, so it's not for the copyright novice but rather for copyright lawyers and specialists. Subscription required but is currently free>

Performance Rights Licenses – Music, Plays, Songs, Movies

  • ASCAP (American Society of Composer And Publishers) – if you want permission to play or perform a copyrighted song, this is where you go.  Such permissions are called  “performance rights. ASCAP provides BROCHURES to help you understand what you need.>

  • BMI (Broadcase Music Incorporated) - performance rights for music, especially US. For a list of international rights agencies see BMI's Links to International Rights Organizations

  • Samuel French, Inc. (Performance rights for plays) Since 1830, this agency has been selling scripts and performance rights for plays, both dramas and musicals.

  • SESAC (Society of European Stage Authors and Composers) – Now international, best if you also want European performance rights.

  • Harry Fox Agency (recording rights) – if you want to use a copyrighted song in a recording you are making, this is where you go to get permission

  • NMPA (music publishers assoc.) – if you want permission to publish sheet music of a copyrighted song, this is where you go.

  • MPLC (Motion Picture Licensing Corporation) – if you want to use a movie in a public showing, such as at a clubhouse, company event, church event, school event, or the like, this is where you go to get permission

Why register?

A short article to explain why, even though copyright is automatic, registration is VITAL to enforcing a copyright

US Copyright Law

The text of the US Copyright law from the Copyright Office website.

Copyright Forms

official forms (in .pdf format) from the US Copyright Office



How to search copyrights

View Tutorial



Copyright Basics

(from US Copyright Office) An excellent introductory article on the basics of copyright law and practice, prepared by the US Copyright Office.



Copyright Registration Search

online searching of US Copyright Office’s database

Copyright Trolls

Get a notice from you ISP about an illegal download? Join the crowd. Thousands have received these. These come from copyright enforcement attorneys, many of whom are pejoratively called “copyright trolls”. Call them what you will, but take them seriously. Contact an attorney for directions on whether to respond and how to respond.

Two websites dedicated to fighting these trolls are www.dietrolldie.com and www.fightcopyrighttrolls.com

The two most prominent troll firms are Prenda Law (recently re-inventing itself as The Anti-Piracy Law Group) of John Steele and Paul Duffy and the Copyright Enforcement Group of Ira Seigel. If you want to preserve your anonymity NEVER communicate with either of them direct.

There are a number of firms that defend against such trolls, one being The Burdick Law Firm to preserve your secrecy.

Need a license to copy magazines?

Copyright Clearance Center (blanket periodical copying licenses) if your business wants a license to copy magazine articles, the CCC can provide it.)

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Don't Understand The Music Industry

Need to understand the music industry and how it works – here's the inside information you need Passman “All You Need To Know. . .”

Library of Congress (where copyright office is located)

US Patent & Trademark Office (for inventions & brand names protection)



World Intel. Prop. Org. (international copyright agency)

Live Music

Dominated by Live Nation, the largest promoter and music venue owner. Live Nation is a former subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, which is the largest owner of radio stations in the United States. Other important music industry companies include Creative Artists Agency (a management and booking company) and Apple Inc. (which runs the world's largest music store, the iTunes Store).



Fair Use & Copyright (Stanford University)

Copyright Lawyer if you need to sue to get what’s due

Pending © Legislation (Legislative developments)

Copyright Myths (debunked)

NY Times v TasiniSupreme Court - online pub of collective work infringes © in individual works

Copyright Society (Duke University)

Crash Course in Copyright Law (University of Texas

Copyright Infringement Investigator (private eye)

Copyright Books (basic information)

Country Music Studios (links to country music recording studos

Pressplay (Sony & Universal online digital music stream subscription service joint venture)

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MusicNet (BMG, EMI, Warner & Zomba online digitial music stream subscription service )

Copyright Portal (case law & links)

The 3 Music Recording Industry “Labels” Their trade association, in the USA, is the RIAA

(recording contracts, music production, music distribution)

Note that iTunes is arguably the dominant force now in the music industry with over 40% of sales volume as the music industry rapidly moves to digital downloads

UMG-EMI (Universal Music Group – parent company Vivendi) is the largest group of record labels in the recording industry. It is the 1st by its commanding market share and its multitude of global operations. Universal Music Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of international French media conglomerate Vivendi. Labels: Click HERE to see the extensive list of UMG record labels.

Legal contact for UMG

Business & Legal Affairs
Universal Music Group
70 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
tel. (310) 865-9571

SME (Sony Music Entertainment - parent company Sony) is the 2nd-largest global recorded music company and is controlled by Sony Corporation of America, the United States subsidiary of Japan's Sony Corporation. Labels: Click HERE to see the extensive list of SME record labels.

Legal contact for UMG

Director of Business Affairs, New Technology and Business Development
Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
550 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10022-3211
tel. (212) 833-8640
fax (212) 833-4873



WMG (Warner Music Group – independent, formerly part of Time Warner) is the 3rd largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry, making it one of the big four record companies Labels: Click HERE to see the extensive list of WMG record labels.

Legal contact for UMG

VP Business Affairs/New Technology
Warner Music Group
75 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10019
tel. (212) 275-1348
fax (212) 405-5297

The RIAA Member Labels there are lots of them !

IIAP (International Intellectual Property Alliance)Copyright Anti-Counterfeiting Organization

IRMA (International Recording Media Association)high level executive networking group

Authorlinkan online unpublished manuscript exchange

IRMA Directory Search (Searchable Directory of Recording Industry Suppliers and Publishers

INTAInternational Trademark Association (world’s largest trademark owners association)

Major Publishers Links (List of US Publishing Links)

Muzak (U.S. business music broadcaster)

SoundWave (U.S. audio industry information)

Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) (U.K.)

Music Interactive, web site development for music industry (U.K.)

Dot Music (U.K. music industry guide)

IMMEDIA Australia & Asia Media Directory

Songlink International (U.K.-based songwriters & publishers monthly tipsheet/magazine)

New England Artist Records (U.S.)

Webnoise, an online music industry news service (U.S.)

The Independent Feature Project (U.S.)

The National Music Foundation (NMC) (U.S.)

The Blues Foundation (U.S.)

International Intellectual Property Alliance (U.S.)

Music Educators National Conference (MENC) (U.S.)

Musi-Cal (Calendar for live music events)

The American Music Center (U.S.)

GigSwap.org (European musicians' networking and mutual aid)

Hollywood Reporter - Music Listings

Museum of Television And Radio (MTV&R) (U.S.)

Taxi, an independent A&R resource for the music industry (U.S.)

All Music Network (U.S.)

Pollstar - tour information

Sony Bono Copyright Extension Act.



Copyright Preregistration

Preregistration is a service intended for certain types of unpublished works that have had a history of prerelease infringement. Its purpose is to preserve the remedies of statutory damages and attorneys fees for copyright owners of these works when they have been infringed before publication and registration. A preregistered work must be registered within 3 months after publication. Preregistration takes place only online, is not a substitute for registration, and is not a guarantee that the Copyright Office will ultimately register the work. For further information, go to http://www.copyright.gov/prereg/

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