Your First Asset: The Right to Reproduce

George Howard is the former president of Rykodisc. He currently advises numerous entertainment and non-entertainment firms and individuals. Additionally, he is the Executive Editor of Artists House Music and is a Professor and Executive in Residence in the college of Business Administration at Loyola, New Orleans. He is most easily found on Twitter at:

My friend and colleague John Snyder, wrote an article entitled "The Magic of Copyright" for this blog a few weeks back. The article brilliantly puts forth the idea that by creating an original work and fixing it in a tangible form (writing it down or recording it), you not only immediately and automatically create a copyright in the work, but you create an asset.

In an era of artists needing to become self-sufficient, and decrease (cease) their reliance on labels for success, it's crucial to begin thinking in terms of assets; they are what you have in order to generate the revenue needed to build a self-sustaining career in the music business….on your own terms!

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Letter from Amazon – Artist Central

Amazon MP3 sent us some info to send to our artists about their new product called Artist Central. Read the letter and check it out.

Dear Tunecore Artist,

We thought you may be interested in learning about Artist Central, a free service where musicians, managers and record labels can promote music on

Artist Central allows users to contribute compelling content to Artist Stores, search results, and product detail pages. This helps music fans on discover artists and their work more easily, and leads to greater sales.

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COREnered: Q&A with Secret Archives of the Vatican

Add some trippy beats and dubstep to entrancingly melodic Middle Eastern tunes and you have yourself a big, heaping plate of Secret Archives of the Vatican, this week’s COREnered feature artist. Backed by many worldly musical influences, they fuse genres and international sounds to achieve an innovative appeal to sound, so take a peek into what this band had to say about their musical vision.

Secret Archive of the Vatican Blog

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John Snyder’s response to The Magic of Copyright

Thanks for the feedback. My main point was that rights attach at the creation of a work, automatically. Not when the work is published or registered. The first two of those rights are the right to copy and the right to distribute. These are powerful rights and magically appear, at least that's the way I see it. Poof! You're a publishing company.

And it is true that you have to register to file a copyright infringement action. (Section 411(a)). The DMCA exempted works first published outside the US to conform US law to the Berne Convention, but otherwise, you have to register to sue.

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COREnered: Q&A with Mike Barry

In his new album, The Sun, The Moon, The Stars, The Sea, Michael Barry covers all the bases, and all from the recording studio in his home in Canada. Barry’s lyrics and sound are ethereal, floating from land to sky and day to night, as the album title hints. Read on to find out more about the talented artist’s new release, and why he is drawn toward creating a story easily accessible to all ears.


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The Magic of Copyright by John Snyder

John Snyder is the founder and president of the Artists House Foundation, a nonprofit music company dedicated to creating educational presentations in several areas, including instruction for instruments, master classes, careers in the arts, and legendary performers

The following article is the beginning of your journey to self-reliance. Understanding your rights under the Federal copyright statutes is the first step towards creating revenue from those rights. In the articles that follow this, we will continue to drill down into the topic in coming weeks by exploring each right individually, its limitations and opportunities, how these rights can be made to produce income, and the agreements that govern those transactions. It’s a beautiful trip and you’ll love it, so, bon voyage! Feel free to comment and ask questions and tune in for our weekly webcast beginning at the end of August for more information and interaction.

The magic of copyright is simple: you render an original work in a tangible form, that work is copyrighted. Under federal copyright statutes you have, at that moment in time, six exclusive rights that attach to that work that you own. (That’s assuming you haven’t already somehow managed to sign away your rights.) The words “original”, “work”, “tangible”, “author” have definitions, rules and exceptions, but it’s pretty simple really: if you made it up and you made it real by writing it down or typing it in or recording it, it’s copyrighted and it’s yours.

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