I should see the actual agreement, but generally, if you have administrator rights over the compositions, you can do whatever you want with them without the consent of your required engineer, so it shouldn`t harm you or your label. Every situation will be different, so don`t let your innate ability to protect you and your art just because you have a contract. Never feel embarrassed when you bring up the idea of a formal agreement with someone you work with. If they resist, you may want to reconsider the type of partner the person will be. A career in music is hard enough – even if everyone agrees – so don`t let ambiguities get in the way of your passions and goals. Music is too important. I am a hip-hop/rap/bedroom producer. My questions are, I had a beat/music created by another producer who asked me to write, arrange and record the lyrics and melody in my home studio, and he was mixing it and mastering it in his professional studio for a film placement for an independent filmmaker his production company works with. I was excited about this offer for the first time and did it without fulfilling my duty of care, given the business that should have been launched first, a beginner`s step on my side. I am aware of the 50/50 split, it beat my lyrics in songwriting. I`m registered with a PRO for editing and writing, and I recorded the song, but I don`t have a publishing contract, and he asked me to send him a copy of me. I searched at Google University to find one and get a quick summary.
No luck, I can`t find one to download. Even if I had one, or if he gave me one of his copies to sign, I`m not sure I`d know what I`m signing. How would this work with an independent producer/company, or what is my best course of action? Are there any other shares and actions to which he is entitled that I have to consider because I am the writer, that I arranged and recorded it in my studio, and who should own the masters? I`m a very curious person, but I didn`t want to waste the opportunity for a placement by asking so many questions with the other producer and looking like an amateur. Any help would be appreciated, and thank you for your time and consideration. Making sure everything is clear in advance in the songwriting process makes the experience much more fruitful and comfortable. Should I pay attention to anything else? They want 100% performance rights, 100% sound recording rights, video production rights/audiovisual rights and 100% publishing rights, I think. I can even send you the contract if you have the opportunity to check it. My husband is preparing to sign a contract with a publisher, and there are things we don`t understand. I found you searching for “Sub-publishing”.
This paragraph in particular worries me: Hello Kurt, This is an extremely useful article. I am currently conducting my son with his music. Can I email you directly with my question about the post? It`s a bit confusing and complicated for me. The single-song collaboration contract is used when two or more songwriters agree in advance to write a song together. This agreement stipulates that each of the authors manages their own publishing rights of the song. (1) The oral agreement is not very binding from a legal point of view. Traditionally, music publishers acted in the same way as book publishers, printing and selling copies of compositions in the form of sheet music. With the advent of the disc and the advent of mechanical royalties (the royalty charged by the copyright owner of a musical composition for the right to reproduce that composition “mechanically” on a disc), the organization of the recording of compositions and the collection of these funds became the main work of most publishers.
Then came film and television, and publishers began to look for new sources of income by using compositions they controlled synchronously with moving images (“syncs”) for inclusion in film and television programs and advertising. .