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Assuming the composed work is copyrightable (suffiently new and non-derivative), then the owner of the copyright could be: #the composer #the composer's employer (if done as part of employment) #the patron who paid for the composition (if in writing and one of the types of works that can be "work for hire") #joint with another creative contributor (if intended) #lapsed (if old enough) #transferred (in writing) to anyone (including a patron, employer, joint author, or anyone else), or #reclaimed 40 years after transfer Furthermore, when the performance is recorded, the copyright in the new sound recording could be jointly owned by the performers, the editor, the producer, or their respective employers, among others. There are also artists who practice "copyleft" in which they dedicate the ownership of the work to the public, essentially waiving their right to enforce the protections.

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Q: If you wrote a song and recorded it do you own the copyright?
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