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An arrangement, arrange
An arrangement is a modified work of music which is an original in its own right; the originality of the first
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Author’s rights
The rights of the creator of a work.
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Bootleg
An unauthorised live recording of a concert.
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Co-composer
The joint creator of a musical work.
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Co-lyricist
The joint writer of the lyrics of a musical work.
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Composer
The person who created a musical work, for example.
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Copyright
The term «copyright» literally means the right to copy or reproduce a work, but under US law the term applie
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Cover version
A musical work that is deliberately reproduced and possibly reinterpreted. Cover versions do not go as far as
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Download, downloading
Data transferred from the internet to the hard drive of a computer.
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Free work
A work which may be freely used: i.e. no licence is required and no royalties are due. This applies in particu
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GEMA
The Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte (the Society for per
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Lyricist
The writer of the lyrics of a musical work.
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MP3
Process for compressing audio files. Compressed files are easier and quicker to download. MP3 files are the ba
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Music on demand
An online distribution model for individual titles or entire albums.
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Neighbouring rights
The rights of performers in their works, of sound and sound and video carrier producers in the reproduced reco
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Performer
A musician who performs a composition, for example. The performer may also be the author.
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Performers’ rights
The rights of performers and interpreters. These rights are managed by the artists themselves or their record
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Performing artist
A person who performs a dramatic or musical work.
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PPD
The published price to dealer. This is the purchase price paid by the record company’s dealers. In German, t
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Publisher
Natural or legal person holding the publishing rights in a work and who produces and distributes copies of the
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