Copyright owners of musical compositions can sell or license their work for uses that further a narrative or for separate non-dramatic, non-narrative uses. These non-dramatic performance rights in a song are called “small rights.”
Copyright owners of musical compositions can sell or license their work for uses that further a narrative (like a stage musical, opera, or ballet). This dramatic use of music is referred to as the “Grand Rights” in the composition, or, as the Copyright Act refers to it, the “Dramatico-Musical Rights,” and these rights are licensed to theatre producers.
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