Music Law: Copyright & Trademarks

This script explains the law as it applies to song writing, performing and recording music. It discusses the ownership of music and lyrics, getting paid for performances, legal and contract relations with band members, managers and agents, and dealing with agreements offered by recording companies.

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The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC)
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last reviewed
January 2016 i Last date reviewed by a qualified expert to ensure content up-to-date. See "Tips" in Clicklaw content criteria (bottom of pageside menu) for details.

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Chinese (simplified) (PDF)
Mandarin (audio/podcast)

resource type
music law, copyright and trademarks, royalty, publisher, musician, performer, original music, lyric, original recording, songwriting credit, band, register a group name, songwriters
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