Q: Can I be added to a copyright of a song that has already been registered, or it has to be an outside contract agreement?
I have been working on a music project for 10 years with a business partner. He owns the copyrights on 3 of the main songs, and we both put lots of time, money (splitting 50-50), energy and effort in the production of these songs. We have come to the point of the legal matter, and I was under the impression that we would split everything down the middle 50-50 of copyrights and publishing. He is willing to have a personal (no lawyer) contract written between us both (which I believe is binding), but if we were to release the songs and they would be successful, he would have control of the copyrights, am I right? I was on copyrights.gov and it stated that once copyrights have been registered they can no longer be reregistered with another name attached. Is it an outside contract or can I actually be registered for 50% of the copyrights? This project has been a labour of love and unfortunately I find myself between a rock and a hard place. Thank you for yr reply, regards.
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