CD Duplication Sound Recording Copyright

In Our previous CD duplication article we looked at copyright issues involving IPR. Today we are looking at the Sound recording copyright.

The sound recording copyright is usually controlled by the owner of the sound recording. If you are an artist who has recorded a track in your own studio or you have hired a studio then this would usually make you the owner of the sound recording. In this scenario you have the right to manufacture or “copy” the recording by means of CD replication or duplication.

If you are an artist who has signed a recording deal usually all sound recording copyrights are then owned by the record company for a fixed term. The record company has all rights to manufacture, duplicate or replicate CD copies of the sound recordings.

If you are looking to place an order for CD duplication you need to either own the sound recordings or seek permission from the sound recording copyright owners. Collection agencies such as PPL can often help trace the sound recording copyright owners but any necessary copyright permissions will usually need to be granted directly from the copyright owner.

There is also the scenario where a sound recording is “out of copyright”. In these circumstances it may not be necessary to seek any copyright permissions, again agencies such as PPL should be able to advise on such issues.

So far we have covered the 2 main copyright issues, Intellectual property rights and sound recording rights. We will also look at copyrights relating to artwork and logos in our next article.

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