Can I Register an Arrangement of a Public Domain Song?

Yes, you can!

Yes, you can add arrangements of public domain songs to your account, however, it's important that you're working within the confines of 'public domain'. Public domain works are considered those where copyright has expired or author(s) explicitly put these works into the public domain.

 

Example: you record an arrangement of Deck The Halls – a Christmas song in the public domain. You will be able to register this song as the arranger, but not the composer/author.

 

Please note that most Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) payout performance royalties at a reduced rate for arrangements of public domain works.

 

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