What Are the Exclusive Rights Granted to a Sound Recording Owner?

They cover everything from duplication to distribution.

  1. The owner of a sound recording (or a master recording) has four exclusive rights:

    1. The right to reproduce the copyrighted work and/or duplicate the sound recording in the form of phonorecords and/or digital downloads. This right is limited to the fixed sounds used in a master recording.
    2. The right to prepare, make, and distribute derivative works based on the copyrighted material, such as alternate takes and arrangements. 
    3. The right to produce/distribute phonorecords for public consumption, including digital downloads.
    4. The right to play the sound recording on the radio.

For more details on how ownership rights work, check out our blog post on How Your Song Works For You.


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