Copyright Protection for Music Clients

Copyrights are the currency of the music industry. No matter how talented a recording artist may be or how much money a label puts into an act, without effective copyright protection there will not be a viable business or lengthy career. From hit songs to entire music catalogs, Dickinson Wright’s copyright lawyers have spent more than 25 years securing our clients’ valuable rights to their work. Our intimate knowledge of the music industry and the business realities our clients face each day guides our every step.

With a deep understanding of the nuances of copyright law, our lawyers work closely with clients to protect their work in the United States, as well as in Canada and foreign jurisdictions as necessary. We also serve as trusted counsel to recording artists and major labels on developing and implementing licensing strategies and regarding derivative works and compilations. In an era of downloading, streaming, and sharing, this means taking into consideration all possible uses of a work – even those we cannot even contemplate right now. Our holistic approach means Dickinson Wright’s recording industry clients are protected, both now and in the future.

Our work in this area includes:

• Registering copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, and other jurisdictions, as appropriate.
• Conducting investigations to determine ownership and registration status.
• Preparing and licensing derivative works and compilations.
• Advising on issues related to downloading, streaming, and online sharing.