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SoundExchange for Music Marketing

An indispensable stepping stone in the journey of any musician—whether songwriter or performer—is to register in SoundExchange for music marketing purposes. This organization guarantees the due payment of royalties. If you’ve followed the entries on getting paid as a member of the music industry, by now you might be a bit more familiar with this…
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Creative Commons

If you are planning to produce any type of derivative work—such as a sample, a remix, a mashup, an interpolation, or a cover song—you might want to check out what Creative Commons is all about. In summary, Creative Commons is a non-profit organization from the United States, with an international network, that grants access to…
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Music Modernization Act

There was a time in which artists had to license their productions song by song—but that is no longer the case thanks to the Music Modernization Act (MMA). In brief, this is a copyright legislation that occured in the United States in 2018. Since then, it has had their due updates given that our context…
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Blanket License

A blanket license is a concept you should understand in order to grasp the full picture of the Music Modernization Act. Since October 2018, this copyright update on the law has been in practice to pay creators and service holders in the music industry, in particular in relation to streaming and downloading services. The first…
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Copyright and Music: Key Concepts

If you’re starting your music marketing journey, there are key concepts on copyright and music that you should learn about. Some of them we have already explored in previous entries—mostly in relation to derivative works and royalties. Regardless, in this article we’ll sum up everything you need to know in connection to the two terms…
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Sample Clearance

We’ve already talked about sampling and now it’s time to discuss sample clearance. From our previous entry, you already know that the first concept refers to a derivative creative work that consists of  separating a part of an existing sound and incorporating it into a new song. In terms of using music legally, and everything…
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Musical Building Blocks

When thinking about using music legally—i. e. everything related to copyright and royalties—it’s good to learn about musical building blocks. Maybe you haven’t heard of them referred to as that, but they are simply scales, chords, and arpeggios. As you might imagine, there’s no ownership in these elements: they’re the basics of any musical composition!…
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Public Domain

Another key concept when thinking of using music legally is that of public domain. Generally speaking, whenever someone says that a certain work is from the public domain, they’re saying that that piece is no longer under copyright protection. And that is true—for the most part. The idea is the correct one, but there are…
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Myths About Fair Use

There is an important number of myths about fair use going around in the digital arena. The Internet can be a very fruitful place because it is an insurmountable source of information, yet it’s also a site where half-truths and utter lies abound. When it comes to using music legally, the best idea is to…
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Getting Paid: Songwriters

This entry is about songwriters and how they can get their due payment for their work. If you’re an emerging musician obtaining an income is probably one of the top of your concerns. In order to ease you, here are the basics on how to get an economic retribution. From the start, know that, as…
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