Bruce E. Burdick
Bruce E. Burdick, Intellectual Property Law Attorney - Alton, IL
Posted 8 months ago.

A concise treatise. Nice Job.

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Asker
Posted 8 months ago.

Wow! Thank you so much for that thorough answer. From one musician to another, hoping all goes well for you!

Maurice N Ross
Maurice N Ross, Intellectual Property Law Attorney - New York, NY
Posted 8 months ago.

It was a great gig on a cold night

David M. Slater
David M. Slater, Entertainment Lawyer - New York, NY
Posted 8 months ago.

Excellent answer. I was curious about an artist having rights in his/her performance of a song. I know there are separate copyrights for the song/composition and the sound recording. But does the artist have some kind of copyright or other rights in his/her performance?

Maurice N Ross
Maurice N Ross, Intellectual Property Law Attorney - New York, NY
Posted 8 months ago.

Yes. Technically the artist has a copyright interest in her performance but this is almost always assigned to the record label. Thus, in the real world this is only a theoretical technicality

David M. Slater
David M. Slater, Entertainment Lawyer - New York, NY
Posted 8 months ago.

Wow. That's very interesting. I was not aware of that. Would this apply only to the vocalist, or to musicians too? I know that sidemen musicians often don't sign any recording agreement, because their contributions are not considered original works of authorship subject to copyright protection. Thank you for your response..