The Internet is full of unclear and invalid statements about the protection of your own songs. There are rumours saying that only a collection society or a lawyer can protect your copyright. This is why we want to provide clarification about the protection of your copyright.
With an online music distribution service, artists, bands, producers and independent labels can sell their music - even without a record deal. The distributor forwards their songs to the leading online music shops. Afterwards, fans around the world can buy the music as download (on iTunes, Amazon, Google) or stream it (on Spotify or Deezer). The music distribution service administrates the worldwide publication and sales of the releases.
When a song is re-recorded, modified or edited, the question occurs for artists and producers whose rights are concerned. And where and how to get the according permissions. Due to the variety of rights holders it is often difficult to get a simple answer. We take this opportunity to clarify what has to be considered regarding remixes, samples and cover versions.
Here you will find simple explanations of the technical terms concerning digital music, the music industry and online music distribution. Everybody who is involved in the work production has ancillary copyright of the work, such as interprets, session musicians, producers and labels.
When distributing music you get to know some technical codes and identification numbers. But what do ISRC, EAN & Co. mean and do? We have the answers. The ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is a song-related code to identify single tracks. It enables to identify every published audio recording and the record label or distributor and helps to account the song sales. The ISRC included in the meta data, not in the digital audio file.
When distributing music online, the cover picture that's being displayed on the online shop is comparable to product packaging in retail stores. The quality of the cover picture plays an important role for the sales success. It can make or break a release. Nevertheless, great covers can vary from pure simplicity to being a piece of art.
Just like any other product, music doesn't sell itself. The success of a release is not only dependent on the quality of the music, but primarily on it's promotion. Great promotion is not based on science, but on marketing basics and lots of creativity. And pure luck plays on role as well, for example with 'viral hits' on social media. But where should newcomers start? And what makes promotion professional?
Whether newcomer or professional, today almost all musicians want to sell their music on the Internet. Unsurprisingly, because more than 3.5 billion people already have online access. In 2016, the music market is bigger than ever before.
Now if you think we're revealing the magic formula to create the next chart hit - sorry, we don't know it. Nonetheless, the way to the perfect music production might be easier than you think. We want to remind musicians of something that has almost got lost in the WhatsApps und YouTube age.