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Copyright Bare Basics

Posted: July 30, 2013 in Music Business

By Attorney Sue Basko

Copyright Bare Basics

 Copyright Bare Basics
should be required to graduate grade school
by Sue Basko
Terms to know are in bold.
1. Copyright = the right to copy.  When someone owns the copyright on a work, only they have the right to copy it.  Also, only they have the right to create a derivative work, which is a work that uses elements of the original work.  The copyright owner can license or assign these rights to someone else.
2. Copyright protects creative, original works that are set in tangible form.  If you write song lyrics, record a song, write a poem, story, or screenplay, make a movie or video, make a painting, drawing, photograph or sculpture, these are all examples of some of the things that can have copyright, if they are your own, original creative work.
3. Copyright lasts a long number of years.  After that, the work goes into the public domainand  anyone can copy or use it.
4. Copyright exists the moment the creative, original work is set into tangible form.  However, to file a copyright lawsuit or be eligible for statutory damages or attorney fees, you must registerthe work with the U.S. Copyright Office.
5. It costs $35 to register copyright and you can do that online at Be careful to be on the .gov site and not on .com or anywhere else.
6. There is no such thing as Poor Man’s Copyright.  Mailing it to yourself is not proof of anything to the US Copyright Office and has no effect.
7. Notices such as “No Copyright Intended” or “No Copyright Infringement Intended” and others, which are often seen on Youtube, make no sense and have no effect.  But they are sort of charming in their cluelessness.
8. Copying, which is a violation of Copyright (right to copy) includes such things as downloading a song, copying a rented movie, posting someone else’s photograph on your website, recording a song without paying the mechanical royalty to the songwriter, etc.
9. If you are sued for Copyright infringement and it is willful, you may owe up to $150,000 instatutory damages.  Copyright can also be a criminal charge.
10. Some other violations of Copyright include removing the artist’s or author’s name from the work (attribution),  trying to pass off someone else’s work as your own (passing off), putting the name of an artist or author on something they did not create (reverse passing off), mutilating or harming someone else’s work or presenting it in a way the artist or author finds offensive or morally repugnant (violation of artist moral rights), creating a translation or adaptation or different form without permission from the Copyright owner (unauthorized derivative works).

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Post by Erica Swallow

Would You Skip A Concert If It Was Live-streamed?

Image courtesy of Kmeron

Live-streaming is a nice additive to the concert-going experience, but will it ever replace sold-out arenas?

How you approach the world of live-streamed concerts is probably mostly a matter of personal taste. Some people would never trade the rock, sweat and tears of a live event for a calm, on-screen viewing experience. Meanwhile, others are perfectly content to sit at home and watch the fun from the comfort of their couch, bed or fluffy sitting spot of choice.

Music festival ticket sales and prices are up, alongside online video consumption of these events, though, according to a recent infographic by agency Bulldog Digital Media. Live streaming, then, is not necessarily a substitute for concert-going, but rather an additive experience for attendees and those who wouldn’t regularly be able to join in on the live action.

The rise of live-streamed concerts is upon us, thanks to the advent of tools like Livestream,Ustream, and Google+ Hangouts On Air that make video production easier for event planners and more accessible for viewers. And there’s even IROCKE, the ultimate guide for discovering and watching live-streamed concerts.

Streaming, too, isn’t the only digital video fun being had at concerts. While at SXSW this year, I attended the free Feed the Beat event, hosted by Taco Bell and featuring bands Passion Pit and Wildcat! Wildcat!, where audience members were given cameras and armed with the hashtag #FeedtheBeat to create content for a crowd-sourced “rockumentary.”

I got word this week that one of my tweets or Vineswill be used in the fan-made movie — can’t wait to see the final cut. I recall a rogue camera placed directly in my face for about half the concert… hopefully that numbskull doesn’t get any footage in the final version. (I’m still a bit bitter.)

Have you been to any concerts that were live-streamed, or have you skipped out on any because you could watch the fun from your computer? Share your experiences in the comments below after checking out this top-notch infographic on the future of live-streamed music events.

Infographic courtesy of Bulldog Digital Media and image courtesy of Kmeron.

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Faith Filled Family Magazine’s summer edition is out and it has an interview with Christian songwriting duo, Tyde Moore. The married songwriters talk about marrying young, working together, and keeping Jesus in the center of their relationship. This interview marks a first for Tyde Moore and gives readers an insight on how they operate as songwriters and how they keep their marriage together.

Tyde Moore consists of husband and wife Christian songwriters, David and Krista Moore; the couple married young (David was 18, Krista was 20.) In March 2014, the couple will be married for twelve years. Find out how they’re keeping it together in Faith Filled Family Magazine.

Faith Filled Family Magazine is an online publication that publishes a variety of faith based articles for Christians, including interviews with Christians from all walks of life. The publication can be read for free online at their website: This summer’s edition has the theme of “Biblical myths.”

David Moore is also the exclusive PR rep for Dreamin’ Out Loud Entertainment artist Katelyn McCarter. Katelyn was also featured in the magazine’s Spring edition…

By Marie Wise.


Have you ever wondered how your car and your MP3 player know the song titles, artists, and length of the song? How do you get your music recognized by these players?

Gracenote and FreedbThis tech is dominated by one company: Gracenote, which is owned by Sony. Currently Gracenote has over 130 million tracks in their database.


The two most popular systems they have right now are MusicID and Gracenote Playlist.

MusicID is a digital recognition system: it’s the system that gives information about a song to your car, phone, MP3 player etc.

Gracenote Playlist generates playlists and recommends more music based on the music that is already in a user’s database.

Who uses Gracenote?

Almost every company that needs to play and identify music is licensed by Gracenote. Some examples are: Winmap, Media Go, Sonic Stage, Spotify, iTunes, Yahoo Music Jukebox, Amazon MP3, Metro Lyrics, Google Music, Alpine, Boise, Panasonic, Sony, Phillips. These companies pay for their licensing, which is how Gracenote makes money.

Most often, if you are signed to a label, your label will submit your music to Gracenote. But Indies can submit their music also.

Yes, you can get your music listed on Gracenote! Even better – it’s FREE to do so!

Gracenote and Freedb

Gracenote and Freedb are the two companies that provide the tech for your Christian bands CD information to show up on your cars stereo system.

Companies pay to use Gracenote, but artists and labels do not pay to have their music included in the database.

Click Here for the How-To page.   They have step by step instructions that are very easy to understand.

Click Here for Gracenote’s FAQ’s.

Still want to know more about Gracenote?

Click Here to watch an interview with Gracenote’s co-founder and current CTO, Ty Roberts.

Some people have a problem with Gracenote charging fees for licensing companies to use their product. The main issues seem to be that the service used to be free and artists do not receive payment of any kind from Gracenote.


Of course, there is a free alternative: Freedb.

Freedb is owned by Magix and is intended to remain free. FREE means that it is free for companies that want to use the product as well as free for the artists and labels to submit the music. Freedb does not have the larger commercial accounts of Gracenote. It is most often used by CD ripper software, media players, cataloguers, and audio taggers.

For all you techies: Wikipedia has a good general overview of freedb.  Click Here

Click Here for Freedb’s FAQ’s.

Again, if your band is on a label, the label has probably submitted your misc to freedb. If you are an Indie, you may want to submit your music yourself. The FAQ’s tell you how to submit your music and the rules for doing so.


Should your band submit your music to Gracenote and Freedb?

It depends… if you are selling a few downloads and CD’s to your family and friends, it’s probably not worth the effort. Submitting does take a little time.

But, if you are a serious indie music ministry AND you are selling music to fans on a somewhat regular basis, you will probably want to invest the time to submit to both companies.

If you are signed to even a minor label, check first – before going through the submission process, to see if your music has been submitted already. The easiest way to check? Put a CD in your car. If no information comes up, your music has most likely not been submitted.


Your information popping up when someone plays your music does not make you a better band. It does not validate your ministry. It does, however, make your band appear more professional. It also helps your fans associate your band name with a particular song – providing a little more relationship with your fans. Relationship is the foundation of ministry, so I think submitting your music is just one more tool you can use to help your band change the world!

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Angels & Doves Tour Bus – to deliver the ‘anti-bully’ message through music coast to coast. Help us support this and fund it for this coming school year

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Christ Clubhouse Channel

Developer: Tangerine Sky Productions

Christ Clubhouse Channel, dedicated to sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the young and young at heart, provides original, inspirational programming for your child. Storybook videos, puppet shows, and live action features are among the shows that seek to inspire your heart today! With original series such as Hope the Angelfish, Joy the Jellyfish and R.O.V-R the Explorer, the gentle, slow-paced storybook videos offer an alternative to increasingly inappropriate content mainstream entertainment media is pushing on children. Live action, sing-a-long shows, and puppet shows with a Christian message are part of the Christ-centered foundation we provide. The best way to take our country back is to return God to His righteous place in American family life. God bless you and your family. We hope you enjoy the Christ Clubhouse Channel!


Without your music, Butterflies Radio would not be on the air! The majority of music that we have on rotation is through direct submissions by the musicians.

So, how do you submit your tunes for consideration? It’s pretty simple, really.

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