In the past, working with a partner, we composed numerous songs.
Most were either clearly created by one or the other.
A few were very mixed.
We're currently at odds (over completely separate, non-musical issues).
My intent is to use some of those compositions for a project that would involve copyrighting them, assigning publishing, etc.
Most are clearly my creations in terms of lyic, melody, etc., involving the former partner's chord progs &/or ideas for title, non-copyrightable things.
However, I'd like to include him as co-author as a gesture of respect (& to avoid charges of rip off). I could just leave him out & be on solid legal ground as author.
What's yer opinion on (C) &/or publishing material without someone's previous aggreement to be listed as co-writer ?