Intellectual property – guidance

Copyright in sound recordings

Sound recordings (of music, words or other sounds) can be protected by copyright, which is separate from any copyright in the content.

Detail

Copyright in a sound recording will usually be owned by the record producer and is separate from any copyright in the content of the recording. For example:

  • the composer of the music will be the author of the musical work and will be the first owner of the copyright in that music

  • the lyrics of the song are protected separately by copyright as a literary work and will usually be owned by the person who wrote them

This guide gives an overview of the copyright and performers` rights in a sound recording, including how long they last .