Lin produces a video of herself singing a song that John wrote, and uploads it to YouTube. Which of the following is true?

(A) Lin owns the rights to the music video and sound recording, but John owns the rights to the underlying musical composition.

(B) Lin owns the rights to all of the content in the video because it’s a derivative work.

(C) John owns the rights to all of the content in the video because it wouldn’t exist without the song he wrote.

(D) Lin owns the rights to the sound recording only. John owns the rights to the musical composition and the video.

Explanation

Since John has written the song he owns the rights to the underlying musical composition. But, Lin has produced a video of herself singing the song that John wrote so all the rights related to the music video and the sound recording belong to Lin.

Since John didn’t record the song he created, so the rights of the sound recording and the music video don’t belong to him. He only owns the rights to the musical composition.

Conclusion

This question is a part of the YouTube Music Rights Management Certification Exam. You can get answers to all the questions asked in this exam on our YouTube Music Rights Management Certification Assessment Answers page.

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