Music Law 101: How Long Does Copyright Protection Last?

Once a copyright is created, protection generally lasts for 70 years after the death of the author and in some cases 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation. That’s a long time! After that time, the copyright protection ceases and the underlying work becomes public domain.

More specifically, the term of copyright under the Copyright Act depends on when the work was created, as follows:

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4 Ways Music Helps Listeners Cope With Life And Feel Understood

The idea of someone with tear-soaked eyes listening to sad songs in attempt to cope with a breakup seems like a tired cliche, but there’s definitely something universally relatable to it. The act of listening to music is often intensely personal and emotional, which makes it one of life’s best ways to understand and cope with being human. Because music reflects life, it benefits us in many different ways. Here’s just a few of them:

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5 Side Jobs For Musicians

It’s an unavoidable fact that making a living purely off of music is harder and harder to do these days. There’s plenty of exceptions, but in a world turning to streaming, playlists and music subscription services more and more, money is a constant concern for serious musicians. But if you’re fully intent on earning a living purely off listening and performing music, there are options you may not have considered. Here’s five examples:

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How To Record Vocals At Home On A Budget

Recording vocals at home can be tough on a limited budget. However, it’s still possible to get great sounding results as long as you know what to look for.

In this guide, we’ll cover budget gear you can use to record vocals at home and list some best practices for recording vocals.

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Why Jealousy Is Bad For Your Music Career

When good things start to happen for an artist, it’s only natural that the musicians around them might feel and express some amount of jealousy. But while a little bit of jealousy in music is to be expected, dwelling on it could prove to be a major source of distraction and negativity for you if you’re not careful. From serving as a harmful distraction from your goals to earning your project a bad reputation, jealousy is something capable of seriously harming your music career.

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How To Build Your Tribe And Find Your Super Fans

“There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.” -Simon Sinek, “Start with Why”

You’ve heard it over and over again—one of the most powerful tools you have in this industry is yourself. Your music might be great, but that’s not what keeps people coming back for more. It’s your personality. It’s your beliefs. It’s the way you share pieces of yourself and by doing so invite your fans to feel less alone in their own actions, decisions, and understanding of the world.

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5 Ways To Avoid Playing The Comparison Game

Do you find yourself constantly comparing yourself to other artists? Do you get secretly jealous when other musicians land cool gigs, win awards, and score lucrative press?

These are signs that you are playing the comparison game, a common trap that can send normally rational and level-headed artists into a tailspin.

No matter how well you’re doing in your career, you’ll always be able to find someone doing better. In other words, if you let the “comparison game,” and the crippling emotions that accompany it, invade your mental space, you may find yourself on a continuous emotional rollercoaster that can erode your confidence and keep you from making progress.

Luckily, there are tools you can use to help you avoid the comparison game, and tools to help you deal with the emotional rollercoaster if you do fall victim to playing the comparison game.

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Who Writes The Songs? The Sometimes Murky Business of Crediting Songwriters

The process of crediting songwriters has always been somewhat tricky, but in today’s collaborative-driven songwriting culture it’s more important than ever before. Everything from songwriting collaboration software to trends increasingly favoring artists who feature one another in their work makes the process of properly crediting songwriters hugely important and often complicated.

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