Posts Worth Reading: Copyright Law Made Simple
ClearBox Rights is an Intellectual Property Management Company with a significant Southern Gospel presence. If you want to record a song from the publishing divisions of Daywind (Dianne Wilkinson, Kyla Rowland, Marty Funderburk, Ronny Hinson, Scotty Inman) or Crossroads (Sandy Knight, Mark Bishop, Daryl Williams), you would obtain your license from them and send them the royalties for distribution to writers and publishers.
Several months ago, they launched a blog that explains complex copyright issues in simple English. Several of these posts clear up common misconceptions and are worth taking a few minutes to read. “The Standard U.S. Mechanical License Ceiling is No Longer 9.1 Cents” explains that, although there are circumstances where you can get a compulsory license and pay the statutory rate, most of the time, a copyright owner could charge more than that if he or she wanted. (Most stick to 9.1 cents as a ceiling, some by choice, and some from a misunderstanding of the law.)
Another post particularly worth reading is “How Long Does a Copyright Last?” After a multi-decade drought of songs not entering the public domain because their copyrights keep getting extended, it looks like we are about five years away from the point when some of the Southern Gospel convention songs dating back to the 1920s will start entering the public domain.
Finally, “Simple Complexity – Music Licensing in a Digital Age” explains the astonishing variety and complexity of various licensing types in today’s digital era.