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Recordings Copyright Act 1968 Essay

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Table of ContentsINTRODUCTION...........................................................................................................................1Part 1 - Co-writing & Co-ownership Of Recordings.......................................................................1Part 2 – Digital Distribution.............................................................................................................2Part 3 – Remuneration from iTunes.................................................................................................3Conclusion.......................................................................................................................................4REFERENCES................................................................................................................................5
INTRODUCTIONCopyright Law is the very foundation of musicians career (Danaher, Smith and Telang,2017). Through copyright a musician can protect his or her music from copying efficiently. Inthis context, the report will aid in understanding the impact of copyright with reference to fourpiece band who have created a new song. Further, an understanding and application of digitalmusic process will be made in this assignment. The application and knowledge relating to theroyalties and remuneration will be identified in this assignment.Part 1 - Co-writing & Co-ownership Of RecordingsCopyright Act 1968 :In Australia copyright law is set out inThe Copyright Act 1968(Cth).The legislation is applicable in the whole Australia and is governed by TheCommonwealth Attorney-General of Australia (An Introduction to Copyright in Australia.2018). Copyrights protects expression of ideas by conferring exclusive rights on the owner. Itmotivates people to 'create'. As an individual or group has created a music, there is a wholesystem of rights and obligations come into play (Wong, 2016). As per Australian law providingcopyright registration to the piece of work or music is not necessary nor there is any legalrequirement. As copyright protection is automatic in Australia. As soon as the work is writtendown or recorded, it automatically comes under protection. As four piece band has written a newmusic they need to copyright it in order to ensure that no other band or musician can copy it(Cade and Saunders, 2017). As each band member has performed separate task, the percentageof allocation must be different for everyone. In this context, the percentage allocated for eachband member is described below:Band Members NamePercentage allocatedMel (wrote the melody on piano)25Paul (wrote lyrics for the song)25Tom (the bassist)25Kim (the drummer)25Total100%Ownership of musicThere is more than one copyright owner in any musical track (Taylor, 2016). In the case of fourpiece band the ownership of music is divided into:1
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