26th January 2021

Registering music and sound recordings

Recording microphone A finished piece of music can be a complex arrangement of individual rights. Copyright will exist in the finished sound recording (a type of copyright known as a phonographic right), the underlying musical work, lyrics, as well as artwork or photography used for the cover or inlay card; and any of these element could be owned by different parties.

The good news is that, when it comes to registering with Copyright Witness, you don’t need separate registration for these elements, a registration will automatically form an evidence record of ALL the items you include in the registration. You can also group an album of songs together into a single registration. This makes registration of musical works easy and affordable using our service.

Our fact sheet on registering music and sound recordings.