- What does it mean for something to be protected by copyright?
- What kind of works are protected by copyright?
- How does a work get copyright protection?
- Do I have to register my work with the US Copyright Office, or any other body?
- How do I register my lyrics, composition, or sound recording with the USCO?
- Who owns the copyright in a song if I’m part of a band or collaborated with other artists?
Copyright in the Creative Process
- How can I legally use another creator’s work in creating my work? Don’t artists collaborate, sample, or riff on other artists all the time?
- Can I use a work if it’s in the “public domain”?
- Can I use stock or “royalty free” music or art?
- Can I incorporate a third-party work (such as a musical composition, sound recording, or image), without permission, as long as I modify it sufficiently?
- What is a sample? Can I use a sample in my music?
- Can I use audio clips from a film or TV show in my music?
Trademarks and Rights of Publicity
- What is a “trademark” or a “service mark”?
- What are some limits to trademarks or service marks?
- How should I select a trademark, slogan or logo for my artist or band name?
- How does something get trademark protection? Should I register my band or artist name as a trademark?
- Is registration with the US Patent and Trademark Office, or any other body, required?
- Do I have to include a ™ notice?