‘Tis the season…
… when you start to see Christmas decorations right beside the Halloween candy in Costco.
That’s right, summer is barely over and it’s already time for holiday preparations.
If part of your music promotion plan this year is to release some Christmas songs — and that’s always a smart plan, since people love to buy music around the holidays — you need to make sure you’re dotting all your i’s and crossing all your t’s.
Are the songs you’re choosing to release still protected by copyright? If so, you’re going to have to pay the songwriters and publishers before you can start selling ‘em!
Are they old Christmas songs that are in the Public Domain? If so, great! You won’t have to pay any mechanical royalties.
But “old” is a relative term. Just because a classic holiday tune seems ancient doesn’t mean it’s in the Public Domain.
To find out, download CD Baby’s free PDF “Christmas Songs in the Public Domain (and those that aren’t).”
This PDF includes:
* A list of popular holiday songs in the Public Domain
* A list of popular, copyrighted Christmas songs
* Composer names for copyrighted holiday songs Read more »