Creating music? Without an agreement in place, your collaborators could have an equal claim of ownership and rights to your content. Get this sorted out now and avoid expensive mistakes by using Cosynd to:
Quickly and easily outline what you and your collaborators own.
You may be asked to present ownership information for your musical compositions to companies that want to sell or license your music, such as music distributors, publishers, synchronization licensing companies, royalty collection agencies etc. A split sheet agreement is a short, simple document that you can share with others to prove your ownership of your music. Coming Soon: Document ownership of your sound recordings on Cosynd!
Control who can license your music, use your name, image, brand and more.
When your collaborators aren't sure who has permission to license or sell your music, it can lead to your music being used in a way that you wouldn't approve of and for fees that are lower than what you would expect. Taking the time to outline this now can help you to avoid serious legal and financial issues. Similarly, outlining how your name and likeness (stage name, images, and trademarks that represent you) can be used by your collaborators can help you to avoid serious damage to your brand.
Prevent others from having a claim on your music.
Unless otherwise stated, anyone that you collaborate with could potentially claim equal ownership of your music. If you're working with a freelancer/contractor (musician, engineer, etc.), simply providing a payment may not be enough to prevent them from claiming ownership. A work for hire agreement clearly outlines the scope of the work to be done by your freelancer/contractor and waives any claim of ownership too.
Register your songs with the U.S. Copyright Office
Thinking of mailing your songs to yourself? Copyright owners that rely on "poor man's" copyright are not granted the same protections and rights of owners that registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. The difference is critical, particularly when it comes to finances and legal proceedings (when things go wrong, like they sometimes do). You are not eligible to file an infringement suit or recoup certain costs unless you have registered your works with the U.S. Copyright Office and doing so provides you with significant benefits!