Question:

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

Answer:

  • Lin owns the rights to the music video and sound recording, but John owns the rights to the underlying musical composition.
  • Lin owns the rights to all of the content in the video because it’s a derivative work.
  • John owns the rights to all of the content in the video because it wouldn’t exist without the song he wrote.
  • Lin owns the rights to the sound recording only. John owns the rights to the musical composition and the video.

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