Copyright is a term that refers to the legal rights of authors, artists, and musicians given in most countries through international copyright laws. Copyrighted work, whether it is music from a musician or other audio recordings, can be used if it is licensed. It also allows them to receive compensation for it being used by someone else, even if they do not hold copyright on the material directly.
Licensing is when the owner of a copyrighted work gives permission for someone to use their work. In this article, we’ll explore the different types of copyrighting and, what the public domain is, and how it all works.
What are the Different Types of Copyright?
Depending on the sort of work you want to register, there are five distinct application forms at the US Copyright Office: literary, visual, single series, performing arts, and sound recording.
Under these different types of copyright, you can’t protect work such as:
- Audio Files
- Recorded music or written music
- Dramatic/theater work, such as plays and screenplays
- Artistic & graphic design copyright or fine art (paintings, drawings, photographs), industrial design (furniture), fashion design (clothes), multimedia (website designs)
- Film copyright or motion picture film, also known as movies
- Literary copyright or written literary works (novels, short stories)
- Broadcast right / electronic media right / TV programming
How Do Licenses Work?
Licenses are a contract between a creator of original work and someone who wants to use it. They outline specific terms of usage, such as how long you have permission to use the content and what your permitted uses are.
Some of the vocabularies you may find in these licenses include:
- Attribution – by using the audio, you agree to apply a notice in the work the audio is used in states where it was obtained from.
- Derivatives – allowing the audio to be edited and changed
- Non Commercial – prohibiting any publication of their work for commercial purposes
- Commercial use – The right to adapt copyrighted material or artwork for commercial, advertising, promotional, or retail purposes.
- Indemnification – The right to require the copyright holder to assume responsibility for any claims of infringement or misappropriation made against you, which may include attorney’s fees.
- Replication – The rights related to duplication or replication in bulk quantities.
- Redistribute – The rights to reproduce and sell copies of another’s work.
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What is Public Domain?
Licenses for audio files will often explicitly state whether a file is public domain or not. There are certain types of licenses that can be used to donate content into the public domain, such as Creative Commons Zero (CC0).