What is the Public Domain, and is it a Good Thing?

By George Howard

Overview

“Public Domain” is one of those phrases that is tossed around a lot in the music business, but, I fear, frequently misunderstood.  It applies to works that have fallen out of copyright.  This article discusses why and when a work goes into the public domain, and raises the question as to the validity (or lack thereof) of this concept.

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Why Bother Registering Your Copyright?

By George Howard

As we’ve discussed in numerous articles, when an author fixes an original work in a tangible form, he or she creates a copyright and is immediately granted six exclusive rights. 

You don’t have to register the work with the Copyright Office to get these rights, you don’t have to mail yourself a copy, and you don’t have to send your song submission form into your PRO (ASCAP/BMI).  All you have to do is write down or record an original work, and the copyright is yours.

So, why would you bother with the expense and time of registering your work?

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Gadgets We Like: SoundHound Search Application for iPhones, iPads, and iPods

Check out this week’s gadget, picked by Bryan, our very techsavvy TuneCore Artist Support Rep…

Take a peek at this rocking app I just downloaded for my iPhone!  SoundHound is most excellent and dare I say, a better search tool than Shazam because of its awesome interface!  I use this app a ton when I’m out cruising the local bar scene and I hear an awesome tune but can’t remember the artist’s name.  I hold the phone up in the air just like I would hold a lighter while “Free Bird” is playing during a concert, and the app does the rest.

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Grammy Nominated Composer Christopher Tin on Scoring Techniques and Tips for Breaking Into the Industry

This week we’re chatting with the incredibly talented Christopher Tin, composer for film, video games, and advertising. Christopher’s (first!) album, Calling All Dawns, is nominated for 2 Grammy awards.  Video gamers may recognize the album’s opening track, “Baba Yetu”, which is in the running for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists,” as this song was written as the theme song to the video game “Civilization IV.”  A native Californian of Chinese descent, Christopher was educated in England and now brings his diverse cultural background to his compositions.

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How the Artist Became the Enemy of the Music Industry

By Jeff Price

In the 80’s when I was in high school, smoked clove cigarettes and looked like a bad reproduction of Robert Smith, musicians were larger than life.  They were a persona, a style, a representation of what I was and how I wanted people to see me.  I connected with them and they represented me.

I would spend hours listening to 7” singles and cassettes, reading fanzines, scouring the shelves of a record store to discover that next artist that might mean something to me and, as importantly, that no one else knew. The more obscure, self-released or “indie” the artist or label the better.

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