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Music 286: Introduction to the Music Business: Your Rights

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The Basics of Getting Permission HT Stanford University Libraries

Your Rights under Copyright: RAP Triple D

As the creator of a musical work, your creation is protected by copyright:

1. If it is a work of original creation.

2. If it is in a fixed format, so that it can be read, seen or heard.

3. If the work shows at least a minimum level of creativity.

As the owner of your creation, you enjoy some exclusive rights, easy to remember using the acronym RAP Triple D

R – reproduction

A – adaptation (derivative works)

P – PUBLIC Performance

D – Distribution

D – Display

D – Digital transmission

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