Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for California

Q: Question about the use of the term Copyright Control in music

So there is a soundtrack album that a song with lyrics that appeared in the album, and this album is almost all instrumental music except for that one song, the song had the same composer but it had 2 writers for the lyrics and it had "Copyright Control" next to to their names. And this song only appeared in the original release of the album and never again in any digital or disc released later on. Does it mean that the writers actually own the song? I am asking this because I am working on project discussing a situation the song is involved in, so I would that it would be safe to ask a copyright lawyer. Looking online gave me conflicting answers. The branch of the company is in LA so I set the location as that. I am not a resident of the US.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: The term "Copyright Control" next to the writers' names on the soundtrack album means that they are the copyright owners of the lyrics of the song. This term is often used when the copyright owner of a musical work is unknown or not specified.

If the song only appeared in the original release of the album and was not included in any subsequent digital or disc releases, it is possible that the rights to the song have reverted back to the writers or their heirs. However, this would depend on the terms of the agreement between the writers and the record company, and it is best to consult with a copyright lawyer to determine the specific rights and ownership of the song.

It is important to note that copyright laws can be complex and vary depending on the jurisdiction, so it is always a good idea to consult with a lawyer who specializes in copyright law, especially if you are working on a project that involves the use of copyrighted materials.

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

A: It depends on diverse factors, but in general the creator(s) of the song is/are the owners of the copyright.

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