What is Needed to Protect the Copyright to Song Lyrics?
The person or people who wrote the song lyrics may claim the copyright, unless specified under a contract as a work-for-hire, in which case the party doing the hiring owns the copyright. Registering a federal copyright is generally sufficienct to protect copyrght rghts to lyrics. Depending on the facts and circumstances involved, you may also wish to consider a licensing agreement.
A licensing agreement is a legal contract between two parties, known as the licensor and the licensee. In a typical licensing agreement, the licensor grants the licensee the right to produce and sell goods, apply a brand name or trademark, or use patented technology owned by the licensor. In exchange, the licensee usually submits to a series of conditions regarding the use of the licensor's property and agrees to make payments known as royalties.
Licensing of online music file-sharing is an evolving area of law. Peer-to-peer file sharing developers' liability for copyright infringement is based on various factors, such as the control over the user's activities and benefits/money received. The legal strategies for avoiding liability will depend on the facts involved in each case. I am prohibited from giving legal advice, this service provides information of a general legal nature. I suggest you read the information at the links below and consult a local attorney who can review all the facts and documents involved.
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