Public Domain Music  

Music composition is an extraordinary creative instinct that must be given its due appreciation and protection from duplication and misuse.

The judiciary of nearly all nations respects this aspect and makes provision for protection of originality in the creative fields via the medium of copyright law. All music registered under the copyright law cannot be part of the public domain.Any piece of music or lyrics registered with the office of copyrights cannot be replicated, allocated for monetary gains, performed, played in public or derived into another form. Such work cannot be used in any form without the approval of the creator or without paying the due royalty. If any facet of the copyright law is disregarded, the perpetrator has to face severe legal implications.

However, copyrights have a set lifetime and the rights of the owner do inevitably expire with course of time. Once this time period of copyright protection expires, work falls into public domain, and is now available to be utilized by one and all. In general, any work under copyright law is protected for a time frame of 95 years commencing from the date of its publication or for about a period of 50 to 70 years from the demise of the last author alive. Also, at times music composers themselves for certain personal reasons surrender their copyrights, thereby making their work public. Once work enters into public domain, it can now be replicated, performed, recorded and used as inspiration for further creations.

Nevertheless, it is in good faith to verify whether a piece of music being used by one is actually in public domain. Legal and justifiable proof must be sought for the same to avoid any risk of unnecessary legality. Also, there is no universal law of copyrights that is followed internationally in every nation. With respect to this issue, a General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) was convened in the year 1994, and approved by 117 countries. This agreement comprised of a section known as Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS). Despite this attempt, there is still disparity in the copyright law in different countries. Therefore, it is important to have appropriate knowledge of the laws of copyright of the country concerned with the musical composition.

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