CD Duplication Artwork Copyright

Here is the third article relating to CD duplication copyright issues. In the first two articles we covered the intellectual property and sound recording copyright issues. For most CD duplication UK orders there is usually a third copyright factor you will need to consider. This is the artwork copyright.

If you are having your album duplicated or replicated and you have designed all parts of artwork yourself then you have the right to copy this artwork onto your CD album booklets and inlays. In this instance you are the artwork copyright owner.

If parts of your artwork are not original and you have used artwork libraries such as istockphoto you are not the sole copyright owner of the artwork and you must seek copyright permissions from all copyright owners. With libraries such as istockphoto there are usually various purchase options dependent on what you are using the library artwork for. For commercial use you will need to make sure you select the correct option and payment which in effect provides you with a “license” or permission to make copies or print the artwork for commercial purposes such as CD sales.

If your CD duplication order involves the licensing of sound recordings from 3rd party record labels you should also check whether you have the rights to use the record labels logo and the corresponding artwork for the track. Many licensing arrangements with record labels will include the necessary permission to “copy” or print the artwork but you should always check your licensing agreement or contract.

So we have now covered the 3 main copyrights required to manufacture your album by means of duplication or replication. Always be certain that you have the required IPR, sound recording and artwork copyright permissions in place before proceeding with CD manufacture.

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