Understanding Sampling, Cover Songs & Derivative Work

by George Howard, Read more articles at Artists House Music or follow George on twitter @gah650

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When you are the author of an original work, and you fix that work in a tangible medium (write it down, record it), you are automatically granted six exclusive rights. One of the works that you don't hear about very much is the right to create a “derivative work.” It, like all the other rights, is codified in the United States Copyright Act in 17 U.S.C. § 101:

A “derivative work” is a work based upon one or more pre-existing works, such as a translation, musical arrangement, dramatization, fictionalization, motion picture version, sound recording, art reproduction, abridgment, condensation, or any other form in which a work may be recast, transformed, or adapted. A work consisting of editorial revisions, annotations, elaborations, or other modifications which, as a whole, represent an original work of authorship, is a “derivative work”.

Put simply, the only person who can create or grant the rights for a derivative work to be created is the holder of the copyright for the original work.

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Artist Interview: Dannielle DeAndrea

In this week's TuneCore Q&A with artist, Dannielle DeAndrea, we get an in-depth and witty look into the cultivation, inspiration and everyday life of a passionate songstress who is currently on the road touring. Her dulcet tones portrayed seamlessly in her singing are able to carry over in various genres, and as heard in her more recent jazz records, she can even scat! Take a look to find out where she is currently and what she did to get there.


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Video: DJ Scratch Techniques – Baby Scratch

In this clip DJ Shortee shows us the basics of how to scratch – what sounds to use, how to set up your scratch, and how to EQ your rig for scratching – and introduces the baby scratch.


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Making Money in Today’s World of Music

In today's world, there are a variety of ways songwriters and artists make money in the music business. These include, but are not limited to: video games, on-line streaming, traditional radio play, downloads, songs in films, TV shows and commercials, webisodes, ringtones, e-greeting cards, lyrics on t-shirts and jeans, merch bundling and more

Some of these channels generate a lot of money, others very little and some are good for promotional benefit only.

Each subset of the music business has its own set of rules, contracts, licenses, considerations and royalties and differ depending on whether you are a songwriter, an artist, or both.

Here are basics of what you need to know about how to make money as a songwriter and artist in today's world of music.

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Soundcheck: Best Social Channel to Promote Your Music

TuneCore Soundcheck: What is the best social media channel to promote your music?customer surveys

Let us know how you use your favorite social marketing channel to promote your music.