SIGNIFICANCE OF COPYRIGHTS PROTECTION FOR MUSICIANS



Music is an art which comes from the soul to heal the body. And for every musician, their original music is like a piece of their own soul disguised in note sheets, compositions, sound records etc. and the foremost duty of a person is to protect his/her soul, that is why we have laws and rights. Similarly, copyright protection laws play a very significant role in every musician’s life.

Today, we have so many budding indie artists, singer/songwriters who are producing and composing their originals, and are aiming to release their tracks by raising funds, doing shows, part time jobs etc. In this hustle bustle, the scariest nightmare for any musician would be to see their dream project being copied and not been given the due credit.

The rights of authors and creators to own all the creative intangible work which may include art, music, poetry, education, lyrics etc. come under the ambit of intellectual property. A copyright protection gives you the right to preserve it exclusively. Just like any other property rights, intellectual property rights guarantee complete possession of the artistic creation or intellectual discovery of its owner.

Music industry is very vivid outside yet complicated to its core, creating a song can range from one mind, two hands to hundreds of crew musicians including lyricists, composers, producers and performers nationwide or worldwide. Therefore in order to protect the song, it is very important to protect each and everyone involved in making of that song.

· The lyrics of the song can be protected as a literary work, where the lyricist will be the owner of the copyright.

· The music of the song can be protected as a musical work, where the composer will be the owner of the copyright.

· The recording of the song can be protected as a sound recorded work, where the producer/Mixmaster is the owner of the copyright.