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Who owns the rights?..

Discussion in 'Ask Janek Gwizdala' started by Abluesbassist, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. Hi Janek,
    Several years I recorded with a band and ended up with a distribution deal with a small local record label. As far as I know the rights were never purchased and I never signed a contract. The other day I went to set up a soundcloud account to use as a demo and some of the tracks from the cd I am playing on were rejected because soundcloud said that there were copy rights on the songs. If I played on a track can I still use it for promotional uses with out getting in to trouble or am I basically screwed out of it ?.

  2. janekbass


    Jan 28, 2004
    New York/Los Angeles
    Founder and CEO of http://videobasslessons.tv
    it all depends on whether the songs were written or co-written by you, or if you were a sideman on the session.

    A distribution deal, unless the band leader was totally inexperienced, normally means a band retains publishing rights. So if you were a writer or official band member you should be okay. I would contact everyone involved and see where you stand.