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Heres a legal question
My son has a recording studio home based, not an official business.
Someone asked if she could record a song or two against pre-recorded music.
Are those recordings HIS? Or are they property of the singer?
If they are HIS as it is his studio, can he sell them to me?
Asked on June 23, 2016 under Business Law, New York
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 6 years ago | Contributor
They are the intellectual property (i.e. copyright) of the writer (the person who wrote the song, who may or may not be the singer) unless that person was hired to write them (in which case they will belong to the person who hired them) or the writer otherwise, by written agreement, gave ("assigned") the rights (whether for free or for money or for something else valuable) to the song to another person.
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