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    Default Question for All Producers/Business-minded dudes etc. - Making An Album

    What's good folks?
    right, i am posting here because i wanna be able to let other people help me. i'm thinking of a long term project, something that may not happen for a good while, but i need to be able to understand how to do everything properly.

    i want to create an album. not a mixtape or anything, an official album. but i want to use my own productions on the album, and would like to know how i go about copywriting my music? do i copywrite the beat seperate, or do i copywrite the whole song? and does this copywrite mean i can now sell my music officially?

    secondly, if i am buying beats off other producers, does a one off fee paid for exclusive rights give me the beat and that is just a one off charge, or do i have to pay that producer royalties every time the album i sold because there music is on there?

    i have also heard that to copywrite music, you can send in a CD of up to 20 tracks and it will cost around £45 to have the whole thing copywrited. do i receive paperwork or licenses with this, which i can then sell to other artists? my idea is that once i have completed my project, i can go on to selling beats.

    i apologise for my dumb/n00b questions, but i am trying to get to grips with an industry that has a lot of legal complications.

    i would really appreciate an idiot's guide in how to set myself up to officially register myself, my music and how i can begin to expanding into making money. thank you for your patience in reading my long post, i am based in the UK and will have to abide by UK law but any help would be really appreciated.

    thanks you very much in advance,
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    Default Re: Question for All Producers/Business-minded dudes etc. - Making An Album

    I'm not an expert on legal issues nor am I a citizen of the UK but I do have some answers to some of your questions.

    do i copywrite the beat seperate, or do i copywrite the whole song?
    In my opinion, it would be best to copyright both the instrumental and the final track. When a producer sells a track to a major label, someone (either the producer or the label) copyrights the work. Additionally, you would want to copyright your final master so that you are protected legally from other individuals that desire to use your work without permission.

    and does this copywrite mean i can now sell my music officially?
    You can sell your music officially without a copyright. A copyright just gives you legal protection from another entity in the event that they would like to use your publication for their own usage.

    secondly, if i am buying beats off other producers, does a one off fee paid for exclusive rights give me the beat and that is just a one off charge, or do i have to pay that producer royalties every time the album i sold because there music is on there?
    This issue varies from producer to producer. If you acquire exclusive rights to an instrumental, you may use it freely without paying royalties to the producer. On the other hand, if you only lease the instrumental from the producer, you will have to pay a set royalty amount for each album sold (usually paid after 'x' amount of albums, such as 1000). These details are worked out between yourself and the producer. Just remember to get everything done in contractual writing so that you are legally covered.

    i have also heard that to copywrite music, you can send in a CD of up to 20 tracks and it will cost around £45 to have the whole thing copywrited. do i receive paperwork or licenses with this, which i can then sell to other artists?
    You need to research any company that claims such an offer to make sure that it is legitimate. Otherwise, they may just copyright your material for their own usage. When in doubt, contact the UK copyright office (however it is referred to over there) and obtain additional information.

    Furthermore, when you copyright an item, you will receive a proof that you own copyrights to the item. As far as selling your beats to other artists, you will need to obtain a contract that both you and the artist can sign when the transaction is made. Models of such a contract are available online and at legal offices in your area.

    i would really appreciate an idiot's guide in how to set myself up to officially register myself, my music and how i can begin to expanding into making money. thank you for your patience in reading my long post, i am based in the UK and will have to abide by UK law but any help would be really appreciated.
    Since I'm not based out of the United Kingdom, I can't assist you with this. What I would suggest, though, is that you do a few Google searches for "obtaining a United Kingdom copyright", "copyrighting my music in the United Kingdom", and "registering a copyright in the United Kingdom". That should provide you with enough information to start you out.

    Good luck.
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    Default Re: Question for All Producers/Business-minded dudes etc. - Making An Album

    you know what justin, thanks a lot for your help, you've been great and i'm really thankful you gave up your time to help me out dude. big props.

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    No problem at all mate. Good luck with your plans.
    Justin Ruff
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    ASCAP or BMI or SESAC will do, Idk about the UK, but They work all over the world. Buying the instrumental at full price will give you Exclusive rights. Before you do anything make sure your money is right.

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