duffOnTheRun wrote:Whoever created the melody is considered the composer.
Let me get this straight. What this practically means is that when person A comes up with chord sequences, tempo and key changes and solos, and then person B creates a vocal melody, then only person B is credited for composing? With all due respect, this is completely unfair.
I have been a musician myself for years, though I am not playing any more. I won't claim to have had any particular success, but I have had several songs registered with SOKOJ (Serbian association of composers), primarily as a composer. The rule here is that a composition credit goes to the person who wrote the music, including chord sequences, time signatures, tempo and key changes and/or riffs. Solos and vocal melodies are considered extended arrangements, which means that they may be considered composition but not necessarily. There is no real consensus, but it's a general practice here that if you write
a solo instead of improvising it over finished music, it must be acknowledged.
Since now I am pretty much convinced that there is no real and strict rule on this, and that what's considered composing is a completely subjective matter, I'll end my involvement in this discussion here. There's no point in defending a subjective opinion as if it was a universal truth.