Are we at risk for lawsuits if we make arrangements of copyrighted songs? Especially on YouTube.
Copyright protection exists in an arrangement the moment it is fixed in any tangible form, as by recording the arrangement or writing it in sheet music. As a copyright holder, the arranger has exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute and perform his arrangement. If the arrangement is recorded, either the arranger or the producer of the recording acquires an additional copyright in the sound recording of the song. U.S. law does not require these copyrights to be registered. However, copyright registration creates a record of ownership and allows copyright holders to sue in federal court if their copyrights are infringed.
I've been having a lot of copyright issues lately on my channel, I filed disputed and most of them worked out for me most likely because I'm a small channel with only 5.4k subs. In doing that so, am I actually abusing copyright? I arrange the songs in my own style and many had told me that I shouldn't worry about it too much because I definitely own the rights to it.
But do I? Vsauce BGM kicks in
Ok.. jokes aside, even if I'm making an entire complete instrumental arrangement. Would it be subjected to copyright? I want to be loyal to its original compositions so I stayed like this up till now.
I may have more questions but I can't come up with any as of now......
If you want me to link you my works if needed for discussion, I'll do that in the comments.