There are two forms of copyright associated with a sound recording that you have to pay particular attention to when you upload a product. You will be able to input this information on a product level during Step 1 of the AWAL Product Upload process and it’s vital that the information you provide is accurate.
The first form of copyright is the ‘P’ (phonograph) line which will denote the copyright of the sound recording you’re uploading. The owner of the sound recording should be listed here whether that be a label, an artist, or another entity, as well as the year the title was originally released. If the recording has been remastered, the ‘P’ year should reflect the year of the remaster. If you’re creating a product that has tracks from multiple years on it, you’ll be able to enter these separate ‘P’ years at a track level on Step 4 of the AWAL Uploader.
The second form of copyright attached to a sound recording is the ‘C’ line. The ‘C’ line will denote the copyright of the artwork, packshot, packaging, text, and/or other printed material associated with a recording. The owner of the printed material related to your product should be credited here, alongside the year in which the printed material was first created in association with the product.
In many cases, the P & C lines should both be the same as the Original Release Date of your product, however this isn’t always the case, especially in instances where sound recordings have been re-released using the same artwork as the original release. If you’re ever unsure of how your P & C lines should be filled out, please consult with your entertainment lawyer for advice.