If I wrote lyrics to a musical that I created but hired a professional musician to write the melody to the lyrics, when filling out the SR form for copywrite who obtains ownership?

Asked on February 20, 2013 under Business Law, Michigan


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

You both do unless you make it very clear that his work was a work for hire and not subject to his copyright and he signed such an agreement. If you have no such agreement, then the copyright is 50/50 and you should each be listed and profits will be split if the whole piece is used.

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