Music Patent Attorney
If you’re a songwriter or band member, protect your music intellectual property rights. Discuss
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Whether you have a new song, a unique band name, or you’ve developed a new type of equipment that benefits musicians and recording studios, you should consider working with a music patent attorney to copyright your work. John Rizvi, Esq., is a board-certified attorney who specializes in Intellectual Property Law. He can analyze your idea to tell you if it’s eligible for patenting and, if it is, he will help you through the patent registration process.
As a music artist, you have as much right to your intellectual property as the CEO of a corporation. The music industry is competitive, so it’s essential to understand your rights and what you can do to protect your music and innovations from the beginning. That’s where The Patent Professor® can help.
Should You Copyright Your Music?
Build a reliable and trustworthy team for music copyrights and patents as early as possible. That means hiring a music patent attorney like John Rizvi, Esq., who has the experience necessary to guide you through the copyrighting process.
Music copyrights protect your creative works and prevent anyone else from infringing on your original work. Music copyrights can include:
Without copyrighting your music, you do not retain the exclusive rights to it. That means another artist can use your music and distribute it without repercussions, as there is no legal proof that you coined the lyrics, sheet music, or any other aspect of the original work.
In the United States, simply writing or recording a song grants you some copyright protections. As long as you can prove you are the original creator of the music, you have the music copyrights. It might sound like this is enough, but federal registration with the U.S. Copyright Office gives you more protection.
Many musicians choose not to spend money or time on a music patent attorney. Instead, they mail a copy of their music to themselves, leaving the package unopened until they need it later. The stamp from the post office dates the package and the music. This tactic saves time and money, but it isn’t always enough in court.
If you’re worried about copyright infringement—and even if you’re not—a music copyright attorney like The Patent Professor® can help you with the registration process and ensure you complete all the appropriate registration forms to protect your intellectual property. This way, if you sue, or are sued, for copyright infringement in the future, you will be entitled to statutory damages.
When you copyright your music, a music patent attorney can help you determine what kind of copyright you need. There are two different kinds:
The composition copyright is the one you most likely think of first when you hear about music copyrights. This copyright protects your intellectual property as it pertains to the creation of the song, including the lyrics and melody.
The sound recording copyright protects the sound arrangement of the recorded song. These two copyrights can be owned by separate people, depending on who wrote and recorded the song.
If the recording artist is not the same as the songwriter, then the songwriter owns the composition copyright, and the person or studio that recorded the song possesses the sound recording copyright. If you write and record your songs yourself, you need a music patent attorney to ensure you own both types of copyrights.
Are Patents and Copyrights the Same Thing?
A patent and copyright may look similar at first glance, but they are quite different. The distinction between the two comes down to what they protect in terms of intellectual property.
Copyright protects idea expression. With music, it can protect your lyrics and the sound when the song gets recorded. However, it does not mean that if you write a breakup song, no other artist in the country—or the world—can write a breakup song.
Patents protect your idea. Patent rights go a step further than copyrights. To obtain a patent, your idea must be:
Those may seem like simple requirements to fill, but while your particular breakup song may be unique, the idea of writing a breakup song is not. Therefore, you cannot patent your song, even though you can copyright the expression of it.
You can also differentiate patents and copyrights by considering how many song covers—a performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer—exist. If these songs were patented, artists could not cover other artists’ songs, as one person would own the rights to create the song. Copyrights, on the other hand, prevent YouTube cover artists from claiming the song as their own and reproducing it for profit. However, it does allow them to sing the song or play that music for their enjoyment.
Protect Your Intellectual Property
If you want to protect your intellectual property, you need the help of a music patent attorney, like John Rizvi, Esq. The Patent Professor® has nationally recognized expertise in the field of Intellectual Property and Copyright Law, and he can help you register for music copyright in the United States.
When you need to copyright, patent, and trademark your original works John Rizvi, Esq., will help you understand how to navigate the registration process and what protections are afforded by acquiring these rights. Copyrights protect your music and secure your original creative works.
Call The Patent Professor® today at (877) 958-8295 to learn how he can help you copyright your music.