Music Copyright: Understanding UK Copyright Law When Working with Music
Understand UK music copyright law and how it applies to you as a creator, producer, marketer, distributor or licensee of music.
What topics will you cover?
Week 1: Introduction to UK copyright law (including: What does copyright protect? What does it not protect? How long does copyright protection last? What are some exceptions that allow limited use without seeking permission from copyright owners?; What is unlawful copying or copyright infringement (including real life experiences of musicians talking about their own non-specialist understanding of copyright law); Case study: breaking down different types of ‘copyright works’ in a single song which attract their own different type of copyright.
Week 2: Exploiting copyright [Allowing permission for others to exploit (and pass on share of revenues) by setting up a licensing deal; Giving it away free (creative commons approach) to get better exposure and brand worthiness, Self releasing using the internet without needing distribution deals or expensive agencies]; Understanding collecting societies [Ensuring you get a share of collected royalties]; Case study: How some SMEs are evolving a unique approach to copyright based business models; Exceptions [Using someone else’s copyright works for limited use under special circumstances]