Music licensing Laws

Music licensing laws provides owners of copyrighted music the protection of their intellectual property rights by granting licenses to third parties to use their property. Licensing Law with regard to music works in US contains lots of laws and enforcement agencies under its umbrella. ABA Licensing Intellectual Property Committee focuses on antitrust issues that arise from the acquisition, licensing, and enforcement of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and other forms of intellectual property, as well as developments in patent, copyright, and intellectual property law from the standpoint of competition policy. In the case of any work other than a work made for hire, the exclusive or nonexclusive grant of a transfer or license of copyright or of any right under a copyright, executed by the author on or after January 1, 1978, otherwise than by will, is subject to termination under certain conditions. One of the rights accorded to the owner of copyright is the right to reproduce or to authorize others to reproduce the work in copies.

This right is subject to certain limitations found in sections 107 through 118 of the copyright law (title 17, U. S. Code). One of the more important limitations is the doctrine of “fair use.”

music-licensing-lawsCopyright law and other legal right protecting options of Section 107 of copyright law are being fairly using and many court decision are very useful by past many years. Copyright Compulsory License Improvement Act attacks the heart of the problems connected with the satellite compulsory copyright licensing.

Specifically, by creating a new, permanent license for the retransmission of local network signals by satellite to subscribers who reside in the local markets of those signals, the bill protects the integrity of the exclusivity rights of copyright owners/licensors and local broadcasters while affording satellite carriers a means of providing network service to all their subscribers. The Fairness in Music Licensing Act increased the number of bars and restaurants that were exempted from needing a public performance license to play music or television during business hours.

How music licensing laws protect copyright owner

In the case of musical work, the copyright owner will have exclusive right to publish, reproduce the work or perform the work in public. He will get the legal right to communicate the work to the public and also to make an adaptation of the work. The copyright act and music licensing laws grants the copyright owner a statutory right to exploit his copyright.

Copyright law in Music licensing

The copyright law aims to protect the rights that arise out of author’s creativity. Copyright is sanctioned to protect his expression of creativity. There will be copyright in an expression so long as it is original. The Music licensing laws and copyright act consider the authors expression of creativity as original. As long as the expression is not copied from any other work, not imitated from any others creativity and it is originated from his intellectual effort, labor and his skill involved.

There are various organizations Related to Licensing Law in US.  The Copyright Office promotes progress of the arts and protection for the works of authors.

Biz & Legis with a bunch of highly able lawyers have good understanding of the Music licensing Laws. Biz & Legis, an International law firm understands the need of the music author and his creativity. We provides distinct, economically viable and speedy legal services for protecting the legal rights of a music producer. For the above purpose we have developed a full fledged wing for providing copyright registration services. Our highly motivated lawyers have remarkable performance in the matters related to Music Licensing.