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Q: Musical Copyrights ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Musical Copyrights
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Music
Asked by: townseda-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 07 Feb 2005 16:10 PST
Expires: 09 Mar 2005 16:10 PST
Question ID: 470669
Who currently owns the rights to the Song Da Doo Ron Ron (Originally
by the Crystals, then Shawn Cassidy) and how can that owner be contacted?

Request for Question Clarification by easterangel-ga on 07 Feb 2005 16:25 PST

I was able to find who holds the copyright for this song but no contact details.

Will that be ok?

Subject: Re: Musical Copyrights
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 07 Feb 2005 16:49 PST

Obtaining the rights to an existing piece of music is a complicated affair. 

The type of rights or license you need to obtain depends in large
measure on what you want to do with the piece of music:  play it on
the radio, record a new version of it, use it in a school play, etc.
etc.  It's rarely clear who to ask for copyright rights, since the
original artists may have transferred rights to recording companies,
producers, and so on.

In order to smooth out the process, music licensing organizations have
been established, the two largest being ASCAP and BMI.  The rights to
Da Doo Ron Ron are managed by BMI:

As you can see from the lists, there are songwriters, composers,
publishers, and artists all affiliated with the song in one way or

You can obtain licensing rights directly from BMI. Their page on
licensing basics can be seen here:

and their contact information for licensing can be seen here:

You should be able to obtain all the information on rights and all the
permissions you need directly from BMI (at a price, of course!).

I trust this is the information you were seeking.  But before rating
this answer, please let me know if you need any additional
information.  Just post a Request for Clarification to let me know how
I can assist you further, and I'm at your service.

All the best,


search strategy:  Used bookmarked sites for BMI and ASCAP
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