How Copyright Works – [Narrator] Now that you're getting music out of your head and into the real world, there's some important things you need to know. We've got the basics and the not-so-basics, starting with copyright. – Yo, you're about to get a lesson whether you like it or not. You're gonna sit here and listen to this.
Whay you need Copyright
Artists don't talk about copyrights because it's boring. – [Narrator] Producer, musician, composer, engineer, songwriter, Om'Mas Keith tells it like it is. – The reason why you need to know what a copyright is is because it's your property. It's your right. – Having a copyright means you own your own work. – [Narrator] User/Researcher Kamaya knows what's up. – 'Sup? You may have great idea, but if it's just in your head, we can't copyright that. You either have to write it down or record it. – [Narrator] The copyright actually begins as soon as you do that. And another thing you need to know?
Every track has two copyrights. – That's right. So there's one for the underlying song and there's a separate copyright for the sound recording. – [Narrator] Oh hey, that's Darren from our legal department. – Hi, I'm Darren. – And this is Darren. – [Narrator] And Alan from our licensing team here at Spotify. – So right off the bat, I think it's important to know that we're talking generally about the way things work in the industry and for copyright. You know, you need your own legal advice to understand these things fully. – [Narrator] Got it. – So out of the gate, the recording's owned by you or you and your collaborators. – Same thing goes for the composition. The owner is you or whoever wrote the song, generally speaking. – One note's not a composition. That is an element of what will become a composition. So as soon as you arrange two things in a series, that's something. – [Narrator] Indie musicians Matt and Kim share rights with each other. – Waddup? – [Narrator] And sometimes with collaborators. – Before you go into a collaboration, I know it's gonna sound like a dick move, but get everything in writing. And then, in writing, say if any of these things change, it needs to be brought up and discussed immediately. – [Narrator] Sheryl Crow, – Hey everybody. – [Narrator] likes to keep her splits simple. – I would tell anybody that's collaborating just split it down the middle.
Whoever's in the room, split it percentage-wise according to how many people were there.