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

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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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