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All you need to know about Song Production vis-a-vis Royalties

Section 17 of the Copyright Act, deals with the owner or rather the first owner of the copyright. In Section 17(c), it is stated that if a piece of work is made in the course of employment under a contract of service, then, the employer shall be the first owner of the copyright. Therefore, in case of a movie or a film which is produced by a Producer, the Producer enters into a contract with the director, the actors, the lyricist, the composer, the singers, the musicians, etc. All of them, enter into a contract of service with the Producer, who pays them for the efforts put in producing a work/a sound recording/a song in a movie. Thus, under Section 17(c) of the Act, the Employer/Producer becomes the first owner of the copyright of that sound recording, as there is a contract of service.

Source: Barandbench

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