MP3 Tags

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MP3 Tags
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#1

I’m going to be selling MP3’s from my own website (not using itunes or any other services).

I’m in the process of filling out the MP3 tags right now.

So for every song I’ve filled in the ;
- Title (name of song)
- Album artist (my band’s name)
- Year (Year of release)
- # (song number)
- Genre - (Hard rock, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, etc)
- Publisher… (I assume I should put my own name?)
- Composers …(My first and last name)

There’s many more fields to fill out but I don’t think it’s important to fill out
- Mood
- Conductors
- Initial Key
- BPM, … etc.

One of the more important fields that I see is “copyright” BUT this is one of the few fields that I’m unable to fill-in. Does anyone know how to type your copyright in that field? I’m using Windows 10, …if that makes any difference.

Also, what am I supposed to put in the “Author URL” field ??


#2

I’m not sure what data you would enter into a ‘copyright’ field. Which copyright does it refer to? Mechanical? Master recording? ? There are about six separate types.

If you have your own website as an author you would enter its address in the “Author URL” field, I guess.

But tags are customizable anyway - I’m guessing the reason you’re seeing these tags is because they are a default in your software, you can add/delete any tag you want.


#3

It doesn’t say exactly which specific copyright it covers but I assume it’s the copyright for the ownership and creation of the song on the MP3 that is tagged.

I can see and edit the tags when I right click on an MP3 file and select properties. I’m using Windows 10.

According to what I’ve read, it’s a really good idea to have those fields filled out so that your fans/ audience/ buyers will have that info, just as they would if they bought a CD, cassette or record. Also, it’s good to have your copyrights on every piece of work that you release, for legal purposes. But like you said, those fields are customizable and copyrights can be altered any way the user chooses, so maybe showing the copyright is pointless in this case.


#4

OK, that’s mechanical copyright, and is normally shown by naming the author/composer, which you have already done. I guess if you also own the recording - which I assume you do - you could enter that fact in the copyright field (normally done through use of the ℗ symbol).


#5

In, Tag Scanner, a variety of fields are automatically up for option to complete.
I am in the understanding that for tracking and payment when selling one’s recordings, the field requesting your ISRC number in your tag should be filled out. I am not certain how one does that without being registered with the PRO in one’s area. In Canada, SOCAN.
For all other fields, bpm and key for instance, might be good for a Music Supervisor to know if they are considering your work for licensing opportunities. I think most other fields are for other contributors on the recording, if they are all you, so be it.
As for Copywrite information, there are a ton of areas to cover. As soon as your creation is created, it is yours. But, and there’s always a butt, cover it and learn about Copywrites before trying to sell it.
Yes?


#6

I’m registered with SOCAN in Canada. I haven’t purchased ISRC codes yet. I’m going to wait until I’m confident that listeners/ fans are interested enough in buying my music before I lay down the cash for those codes.

Ah, that’s a very good possibility. I never thought of that.

For sure!

I want to display the ownership of the individual songs and the sound recording (copyrights), just as is done with any other audio format (ie, Vinyl, CD, Cassette, Music Video).