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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds TINA: [HUMMING]

Skip to 0 minutes and 14 seconds BEN: Hi, Tina, what’s happening?

Skip to 0 minutes and 15 seconds TINA: [SINGING] Hey, Ben, I’ve got a tune going round in my head.

Skip to 0 minutes and 23 seconds TINA: What do you think?

Skip to 0 minutes and 25 seconds BEN: Sounds good. It could work with some lyrics, like. [SINGING] Hey. Hey. Life just twists and turns away.

Skip to 0 minutes and 36 seconds TINA: Nice. It looks like I’ve got a real song now.

Skip to 0 minutes and 39 seconds BEN: Excuse me, we’ve got a real song. Your tune, my lyrics.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 seconds TINA: I guess you’re right. We both own the song in a sense. By the way, should we register it or something? I’ve heard of copyright, but I don’t really know how it works.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds BEN: I don’t know, probably. At least we should record it. Then we’d have some proof that we created it first.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 seconds ALL: [SINGING] Hey, hey, life just twists and turns away.

Skip to 1 minute and 7 seconds TINA: The more we sing it, the more I like it.

Skip to 1 minute and 9 seconds BEN: Yeah, let’s try it out at open mic night.

Skip to 1 minute and 12 seconds ALL: [SINGING] Hey, hey, life just twists and turns away.

Skip to 1 minute and 20 seconds TINA: That was good. Hey, we’ve got a hit. I bet we can make money out of it.

Skip to 1 minute and 26 seconds BEN: It’s pretty unlikely. But I suppose it’s worth a go. No harm in trying.

Skip to 1 minute and 29 seconds TINA: We just need to find a record label and sign a deal.

Skip to 1 minute and 32 seconds BEN: You’re kidding. It’s just not that easy. And even if we did find one, they’d make us sign one of those enormous contracts. Who knows what would happen to our song then. We’d probably do better to get it out there ourselves.

Skip to 1 minute and 44 seconds TINA: Isn’t that risky? Can’t people just listen to it and copy it for free?

Skip to 1 minute and 48 seconds BEN: It’s not all about the money, Tina. Why not let people share our song? We’d get free promotion and we’d be able to get a better record deal later.

Skip to 1 minute and 56 seconds TINA: Ha, you wish. If we signed with a label right away we’d be sure of proper promotion and we’d get paid.

Skip to 2 minutes and 2 seconds BEN: But we’d get some royalty payment anyway when our song is performed or played or makes it onto a film soundtrack. Isn’t that what copyright is for?

Skip to 2 minutes and 9 seconds TINA: We’ll be rich.

Skip to 2 minutes and 10 seconds BEN: Don’t bank on it.

Going for a song

Going for a Song tells the story of Tina and Ben, a music composer and a lyricist who create an original song and discuss how to market it.

The story of Tina and Ben will be used as a case study throughout the next steps, helping you understand how UK copyright law regulates and shapes different aspects of the journey of a song, from its creation to its distribution.

In particular, we will explore important topics such as what constitutes a song, how to protect a song with copyright, sound recording rights, publishing and recording deals, among others.

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