Hello beautiful people!
I hope you are all doing well!
Some people said I need to start my own blog. I actually started…however it’s taking a lot of time to make good, valuable and reliable content – which for me is really important. Everything takes time, we all have some sort of work during the week, but somehow we need to progress…
Now I want to share a small little story that I will later present in one of my blog-posts more in-depth.
I really want to remind you, no matter what your job is, composing, producing, sound designing, and even mixing (what I do professionally as well), it’s super important to have a full contract with the people you work – even if it’s your best friend!
Why is that?
Imagine you met a guy, know a friend, whoever this person might be. You had some cool conversations, found out that he is doing music as well…whatever. At some point, this guy says: “Hey, dude, let’s make a record together! I write the lyrics and the melody and you do everything else. What do you think?” You are like…hmm…that’s cool…yeah let’s do it! Sounds cool to me…
Now working for days, weeks, months…whatever the time period might be in your case, at some point you will finish the record. Of course, the record should be published somehow, so you think about CDBaby, Spotify, Youtube, AppleMusic, BandCamp whatever. (These are just examples…)
Now comes the “shock-moment” for you. The guy says, who wrote the lyrics and melody, because of “that”, he holds the copyright of the song. In the very first moment, you might think…well…hmm…makes sense…he wrote the “song”. But after a while, you start to “re-think” that statement, as this song is going to be sold and played somewhere and “who, actually will be paid then???”
Let’s think over again: This guy said, “I own the copyright of that song”. But what happens, if that song will be played somewhere only as an instrumental track, without vocals, even with? He didn’t write a note, besides the melody! Everything else, literally 95% of the production, the arrangement, the sounds, the mixing, etc. So it that case, your name would be nowhere, nor registered by the PRO, if that guy owns 100% copyright.
Now we imagine this track blows up, your friend is earning serious money, but you are still sitting somewhere in your closet and biting your nails.
Please don’t do it! Even if you are not earning money (yet) from music, NEVER EVER do this what I wrote above!
The good news are that I know my copyright, so you need to know it too! That’s the most important thing in art actually, besides the art itself. It’s never about the “best composition”, the best “production”, the “best…”. Music is just the same business, as everything else. Even if you are not doing it “professionally”, you still need to know and protect your copyright professionally! You never know what could happen tomorrow. And there are so many examples of producers, composers, etc. who had their finger in the pie.
You always have some sort of copyright when you do something “creative”. You are protected by that copyright-law in the same moment, you write something down. Be aware of it, even if you do something with the very best friends! I almost lost two good friends because of this. It sounds really stupid, however, I have learned my lesson! They’ve learned it too!
Before you start doing ANYTHING with someone, always prepare a contract where you write down the most important things, the share-rate, etc. should be signed of course.
Have a great week everyone!
Don’t do mistakes others did already 100 times!
Kind regards and take care,
PS: Link to my blog. I’ve just started, however, I think there will be something for everyone in the future!