Elkridge, MD asked in Copyright for Maryland

Q: I want to copyright two songs & I bought exclusive rights beats from a producer is it a sound recording or work of P.A?

I plan on releasing two songs and I want to copyright both of them. I recently bought two beats and got exclusive rights from a producer.He emailed me the mp3 and wav files and told me I can do whatever I want with them and that they were mine. The issue is idk if I should copyright these as a group of unpublished works because the beats exist on youtube under his name but the beats say sold. I also was confused about the limitations of claim & whether these should be considered Sound Recordings or Works of the Performing Arts.

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Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Mesa, AZ

A: Read the descriptions for each, Sound recordings and PA, they explain.

Sound recordings could be with or without lyrics, so if it is a mp3, wav file, it is a sound recording.

You can add the copyrighted work in your description in limitation of claims, if they are filed with Copyright office, you could add reg #. You can add what is the new stuff you are adding.

Best luck and let us know if we can help!

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