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803.2 (A) Sound Recordings Distinguished from Musical Works

803.2 Sound Recordings Distinguished from Other Types of Works 803.2 (A) Sound Recordings Distinguished from Musical Works


A sound recording and the music, lyrics, words, or other underlying content embodied in that recording are separate works. The copyright in a sound recording covers the recording itself, but does not cover the music, lyrics, words, or other underlying content embodied in that recording (or vice versa).


For more information on this issue, see Sections 802.8 (A) and 803.8 (A).