Who Owns This Song Recording?

Do you own the rights to your song recording or does your Music Label?

The owner of a song recording is the Artist that recorded it or their Music Label in most cases. That does not mean they own the rights to the song composition - which would be owned by the Songwriter or Music Publisher. Music publishers don't own song recordings, but publishers and songwriters get paid if a recording of their composition gets heard by fans or sold as a download, CD or vinyl. If 10 artists record the same composition, those 10 artists (or their label) own their recordings - but the songwriters and publishers still own the song composition rights.

So the question being asked by our Song Recording Title ( SRT) form is, "Do you own the rights to this recording or does your music label?" Inside the Songwriter Song Composition form we asked if you gave your publishing rights to another publisher.  
Here are some articles that might help.


Record Label or Music Label

If you signed a contract with a record label and they paid to get your song recorded, they most likely own the rights to your recording and they agreed to give you royalties for sales or streams.

A record label, or record company, is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. Sometimes, a record label is also a publishing company that manages such brands and trademarks, coordinates the production, manufacture, distribution, marketing, promotion, and enforcement of copyright for sound recordings and music videos, while also conducting talent scouting and development of new artists ("artists and repertoire" or "A&R"), and maintaining contracts with recording artists and their managers. The term "record label" derives from the circular label in the center of a vinyl record which prominently displays the manufacturer's name, along with other information.[1] Within the mainstream music industry, recording artists have traditionally been reliant upon record labels to broaden their consumer base, market their albums, and be both promoted and heard on music streaming services, radio, and television. Record labels also provide publicists, who assist performers in gaining positive media coverage, and arrange for their merchandise to be available via stores and other media outlets. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Record_label

Music Publishers:

This pertains to songwriters and song compositions - not recordings of songs. If you are not signed with a music publishing company then you are also the music publisher. Your PRO will make you create a name for your publishing company. It can just be your name, like John Doe Publishing. You are not required to create a real company like an LLC or INC. Song payments are automatically divided between songwriters and publishers, so they require you to create a publishing company. Rhythmic Rebellion follows these same rules.

Learn more here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_publisher_(popular_music)