The symbol ℗ represents the “Phonogram Rights” or “Sound Recording Copyright” symbol. It is used to indicate that a particular sound recording is protected by copyright. This symbol is typically followed by the year of the first publication of the sound recording and the name of the owner of the rights to the recording. It signifies the copyright in the specific recording itself, separate from the copyright in the underlying musical composition or lyrics. When you see the ℗ symbol on a sound recording, it means that the owner of the rights to that recording has exclusive rights to control its reproduction, distribution, and public performance.