I have covered the basics of how we can collaborate on music and videos in one of the posts which can be found by clicking here, and I will add some more in upcoming posts, podcasts and video and will add info here asap but one thing I do want to cover right now is the rights to what is created.
Whatever you create is yours, you hold the rights.
No one can take what you have created and use it against your will. They would need express written permission to use it.
If you are a minor, even though you hold the rights to your creations, an adult parent or guardian needs to give permission for you to be involved.
Whatever we create together will be jointly and evenly held by the creators of that particular work.
So, let’s say you and I make a song and/or video. We will each hold it equally and we each have to agree to release it and how it is released or used before it’s released or it’s not released.
If you don’t think it’s ready for sending it out to the world as it is then it doesn’t go out and the same if I don’t think it’s ready, it doesn’t go out and that also goes for how it’s released, if any money is made from it and so forth.
That way no one person involved in a particular work has more rights than others, everyone has an equal say, everyone equally holds rights split evenly, to release something to the world in whatever way(s) needs full consensus to allow it to happen and any proceeds earned from the works will evenly be split by those involved in the creation of them after reasonable overhead and costs are factored in (website, site hosting and so forth).
Having this stated right off the bat can help there be no misunderstanding and I believe it helps the mission of the project in making this a better world by making it clear ALL people involved are equal, ALL have a equal voice in decisions pertaining to the works they are a part of and no one has to worry about working on something and having someone use it contrary to their wishes.
As for the idea of making things like music out in the commons with no rights held at all, it may sound like a nice idea but think about how you’d feel if your work was used by a horribly corrupt warmongering corporate serving politician or a corporation that is focused on money only and harming people, animals or planet means nothing to them using your work to help them continue their dastardly deeds.
You probably wouldn’t want that would you?
No, I don’t think you would.
So, holding rights to songs or whatever creative efforts can be a good thing and does not mean it’s greedy or selfish if that’s a concern to you or you view rights holding in that light.
If you disagree that’s fine, but anything coming out of this project will have the rights attached and held equally by all those involved in the creation of those particular works so if you choose to be involved and do not care about your rights you just need understand that while you don’t feel a need to hold rights that you can’t give away, ignore or dissolve the rights of others. You may not concern yourself with the use of something you helped create and that’s fine, but if others don’t want it used by, let’s say a corporation or politician, then it’s not used by them.
Further, the work(s) can be legally registered and copyrighted if all involved in that particular work want to do that and would depend upon the laws of the countries the creators live in.
If you’d like an idea of what range of sounds I can cover please visit SoundsGoodManRecords.com and you’ll see a lot of songs/bands/projects that are all done by me. Different names because of different sounds but I cover all of it.
Please NOTE that if you’re a minor (under the age of 18 or whatever is the age you’re considered a minor wherever you are) you’ll need an adult to give permission to collaborate.
If you have any questions please get ahold of me through the contact form !!!
March 2nd, 2021
updated March 14, 2021
updated October 10, 2021
updated December 19, 2021