Using Music Works
The person that created the music work is the right holder.
- “Author” refers to the person that created the work, and while the “Copyright Act” (Article 2(2) of the “Copyright Act”) restricts the author as an individual, a corporate, organization, or user is recognized as an author as an exception. As such, a work in which a corporate, organization, etc. is the author is specially referred to as works made for hire (page 20, “Music and Copyright,” Korea Copyright Commission, 2010).
- An author holds the author’s moral right and author’s economic right (Article 10(1) of the “Copyright Act”).

Type of right 


Right holder 

Author’s moral right 

Right to make public 

Lyricist, composer, arranger 

Right to indicate one’s real name 

Right to maintain the identity of the content 

Author’s economic right 

Right of reproduction 

Lyricist, composer, arranger, transferee and successor of author’s economic right 

Right of public performance 

Right of public transmission 

Right of distribution 

Right of rental 

Right of production of derivative works 

Copyright holder of music work
- The copyright holder of a music work includes the lyricist, composer, and arranger.
Presumption of copyright holder
- A person relevant to any one of the following is presumed to have the copyright regarding the work as the author (Article 8(1) of the “Copyright Act”).
1. Real name or nickname (refers to stage name, pen name, abbreviated name, etc., hereinafter shall be the same) as the copyright holder of the original or copy of the work, as person indicated with general method that is renowned.
2. A person indicated with real name as author or the renowned nickname of the author for performing or transmitting the work publicly
※ “Public transmission” refers to transmitting works, stage performances, phonograms, broadcasts or database (hereinafter referred to as “works, etc.”) by making such available to the public by wire or wireless means so that the public may receive them or have access to them (Subparagraph 7 of Article 2 of the “Copyright Act”).
- For the work without indication of the author relevant to any one of 1 or 2 above, the issuer, performer, or utterer is presumed to have the copyright (Article 8(2) of the “Copyright Act”).
※ “Publication” refers to a reproduction and distribution of the works or phonograms to meet public demand (Subparagraph 24 of Article 2 of the “Copyright Act”).
※ “Public performance” refers to presenting to the public works, performances, phonograms or broadcasts by acting, musical playing, singing, narrating, reciting, screening, playback or other means, including transmission (excluding interactive transmission) made in the connected premises in the possession of one and the same person (Subparagraph 3 of Article 2 of the “Copyright Act”).
※ “Making works public” refers to making the works open to the public by means of public performance, public transmission, or exhibit and by other means, and to publish the works (Subparagraph 25 of Article 2 of the “Copyright Act”).