The Musician's Guide to Copyright

——   Created by Jason Allen

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Welcome to the "Musician's Guide" Series!

This series is pulled directly from the courses I've created for my university position in Music Business. All of these courses are designed for the everyday musician - amateur or professional - who has little or no knowledge on the topic, but wants to master it.

This class is all about Copyright.

100% Answer Rate! Every single question posted to this class is answered within 24 hours by the instructor. 

It is ideal for anyone who has had an interest in copyright, or a need to understand copyright. Especially:

  • Creators: If you are making music, you need to understand your rights.
  • Consumers: If you are working with music, and want to know if you can copy a song, delete a song, or make a mashup of a song, this course is for you!
  • Musicians: If you are going to be recorded, you should understand how things will work when the recording is released, and what rights you have to your performance.
  • Producers: If you are using samples in your tracks, you need to understand copyright!
  • Curious Minds: Anyone interested in how copyright law works, where it comes from, and where it might be going is invited to be a part of this class.

In this class, we start with the most basic question: How do we define music? Once we have a definition, we start to look at how music is protected with copyright, ways that it isn't, and how to work with it for fun and profit. I'll walk you through every step of the issue and explain the logic behind every concept.

The goal of this class is for you to understand how to make copyright protection work for you.


This course is NOT specific to any DAW program.


The recording studio has no genre - so all are welcome here.

Topics Covered: 

  • Defining Music
  • Melody and Uniqueness
  • Originality
  • "Independent Creation"
  • Tangibility
  • Copyright at the Constitution
  • Rights We Get
  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright Term
  • Public Domain
  • History of Copyright
  • Work For Hire
  • Assignments
  • Licensing
  • First Sale Doctrine
  • Film, TV, and Game Licensing
  • Collaboration
  • Fair Use
  • Parody
  • Trademarks
  • Performing Group Names (Band Names)
  • Titles (Song Titles)
  • Right of Publicity
  • Contractual Rights
  • Exclusivity
  • Right of Refusal
  • Moral Rights
  • Creative Commons
  • CopyLeft
  • And much, much more!

If you are ready to start making money from your music, and making sure it is protected, this class will start you on that journey. Get started today.

Dr. Allen is a university music professor and is a top-rated instructor - with nearly 100 courses and over 200,000 students. 

In 2017 Star Tribune Business featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. 

The course project

Get your first copyright!

  • When you get to the end of the class you will have your first copyright!
  • In fact, you already have a few of them! (Probably)
  • But you will additionally protect the copyright with the proper filing

And then you will have a great, fully protected copyright!

68 Lessons

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Tools You'll Need for This Class
Disclaimer: I Am Not A Lawyer
Defining Music
Melody and Uniqueness
Independent Creation
Music is Intangible
Definitions of Music
The Legal Definition of Music
Copyright in the Constitution
Rights We Get
Intellectual Property
Copyright Does Not Protect
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About the instructor

J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator …

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