Is SongRegistration™ a Scam?
The short answer is: Absolutely NOT!
We have a perfect record with the Better Business Bureau and have provided services to literally hundreds of thousands of songwriters, music publishers and their original material, spanning more than 55 countries!
The longer answer is provided below so you know who we are and what we do...
First, the founder and CEO of SongRegistration™ is a licensed attorney with over 35 years experience practicing law in California and managing law firms and legal documents.
Contrast that against any negative comment you might ever read about us or music registration services we provide! Because if there are any, we guarantee it will come from either (a) an anonymous source, (b) someone with NO legal background or knowledge about copyright law, and/or (c) a person who has never had any relationship with our services so really has no basis for any comments!
Second, SongRegistration™ is well-known and well-respected within the music community and absolutely legitimate! We are most definitely NOT a scam, nor are the copyright registration services we provide!
While we can't speak for other websites that try to copy us (many of which we HAVE heard complaints about), we can say that:
(a) we have an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau,
(b) we have thousands upon thousands of satisfied registrars from around the world who have entrusted their original material with us,
(c) we respond IMMEDIATELY to anyone with a question, concern or problem about the site or services, and
(d) we are constantly receiving "thank-you's" to our website and on our Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn pages about the high calibre of services we've now been providing for years (our parent company was founded in 1975).
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Because of the many problems inherent with "the Poor Man's Copyright" (you can read more about that in our Articles section, linked at the bottom of our pages), we provide a valuable service to musicians and songwriters at a very low fee. And since our CEO managed law firms for more than 30 years, we do know how to keep and maintain legal records for possible use in any copyright dispute!
Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise (a) does NOT understand how the copyright process works and (b) thinks wrongly that filing with the Copyright Office is what "copyrights" material (it does NOT)!
While we most certainly encourage composers to also file their material with the Copyright Office (for various statutory benefits, as well as a prerequisite to filing an action in federal court), FEDERAL REGISTRATION IS NOT NECESSARY TO SECURE COPYRIGHT PROTECTION or to maintain evidence of when material is first put into tangible form!
There is a huge number of songwriters out there who just don't want to deal with the hassle or aren't familiar enough with the procedures required or don't have the funds or the time to go through the process required by the Copyright Office immediately.
And those are the songwriters that SongRegistration™ helps!
The garagebands and parttime songwriters... the YouTube posters... composers writing for their church or country tunes for their friends... rappers and local musicians... as well as professional songwriters and music publishers who just want a FAST, EASY, CHEAP way to document proof of their songs' creation dates and content.
These are the people those without major record label support or attorneys on retainer for whom SongRegistration™ continues to provide inexpensive, yet essential, services! No matter what you hear, the absolute truth is that YOU MUST HAVE CREDIBLE EVIDENCE OF WHEN YOU FIRST PUT YOUR ORIGINAL MATERIAL INTO PHYSICAL FORM to prove your rights under copyright law!
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So if you ever hear anyone question our services, or the copyright process itself (and the fact that no federal registration is required to secure copyright protection), take their opinion with a grain of salt. Ask yourself whether they have the legal background to truly give you such advice! And check out the composers and music publishers from around the world who regularly use our services (you can find them in our Song Libraries section, as well as in our Testimonials or Facebook pages).
Also, don't rely on someone who just rants online! Instead, ask a real-live copyright attorney in your area exactly what is required to prove your material is protected under copyright law. You will discover that our services are absolutely legitimate and provide a great way for songwriters to secure the evidence needed to establish their copyrights, quickly and affordable (and, often, as an interim measure while considering when to also register with the Copyright Office).
We hope this information answers any questions you may have about SongRegistration™ and we wish you great success with your songwriting endeavors!
The SongRegistration™ Team!