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Tom Garratt
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Re: Original and Adapted versions of a song...
« Reply #5 on: Jun 12th, 2004, 10:02am »
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So does it mean that i have the rights to the lyrics or what?
Can i use the song name and same melody as before?
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Re: Original and Adapted versions of a song...
« Reply #6 on: Jun 13th, 2004, 9:03am »
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I doubt you'll find anybody on this forum who will give you specific legal advice. You didn't say whether or not you had a contract. Did you write the lyrics separately and before collaborating on the song? I bet you can answer your own questions. These two links apply to U.S. law but should be informative:
 
http://www.wixenpolin.com/cowriters.htm
 
http://www.copyrightguru.com/intellectual_properties_files/unit3lecturen otes.htm#Joint%20Works
(scroll down to "joint works")
 
A ''joint work'' is a work prepared by two or more authors with the intention that their contributions be merged into inseparable or interdependent parts of a unitary whole.  
 
The authors of a joint work are co-owners of the copyright in the work, unless there is an agreement to the contrary.
 
It may differ somewhat in the U.K. and you should seek advice there. For example read this:
http://www.humphreys.co.uk/articles/l_copyright_3.htm
 
Hope that helps.
 
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