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It's no myth, songs get stolen. And while copyright protection is automatic (when a song is first in tangible form), the problem is PROVING it – what is copyrighted and when. Which is why you should always pro­fes­sionally register songs ASAP!

 

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Don't be fooled by slick imitation sites. We are the ORIGINAL music registration service, with a proven track record. Before considering another service, email them! Ask who owns them, where they're located, how they'll protect your songs. If you don't get good, quick answers, DON'T RISK YOUR MUSIC!


 
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General Info About Music Copyrighting
— this is not legal advice (for that please contact a local attorney)   •   this is public information to help you begin your own due diligence —

→   What Are Your Rights as a Composer?

Known as "intellectual property rights," these rights are granted by federal law (with more than 160 countries having treaties honoring each country's copyright laws, see our FAQ #9).   These are "ownership" rights that usually got to the actual composer(s) of the original work, both the music and the lyrics. Included is the exclusive right to basically do whatever you want with the music and songs you write (while no one else can, without your permission or without paying royalties).

If the song has just a single songwriter, figuring out who holds the copyright is pretty easy. Problems, however, can arise when multiple composers are involved. If there's no prior agreement among multiple composers, the law generally assumes that everyone has an equal interest. So if you DON'T want it to be that way, make sure you have a separate written agreement which specifies what percentage each songwriter has contributed, or how to otherwise split up copyright ownership for purposes of future royalties, sale of publishing rights, etc.  We've written a short article on this subject here.


→   Songwriters Under Hire

An exception to the actual composers of the material owning the copyright is when they are "under hire" by someone else. If the songwriter(s) are employed by a person or company to specifically write songs, then the copyright holder is that person or company hiring the songwriter(s) to do that (and NOT the songwriter).


→   What Type of Music Can Be Copyrighted

The material protected can be pretty much anything original - a beat, a full song, a musical instrumental, or just lyrics or a poem. The creator of such material is granted these exclusive rights to make copies of the music, or distribute, play it, or make new versions (or remixes) of the originals. This can also include the exclusive right to perform the song or musical piece in front of others and, except for certain situations, other people need to get the copyright holder's permission before performing the work in public (one such exception is called the "fair use" exception, when, for example, someone who is reviewing the work uses part of it in that review.  In such cases, no permission from the copyright holder is needed).

(One point many don't realize is that song titles are NOT copyrightable.  That's why you've seen many books, movies and songs with same or similar titles. Only actual song CONTENT is copyrighted, regardless of what the material is titled.)

And regarding exclusive rights, it works equally for both copyright owner and members of the public. Just as the copyright owner can do what he or she wants with the material, so must the consumer HONOR the intellectual property rights of others! NOT doing so is not only illegal, it's also unethical. It's that old Golden Rule: Just as you wouldn't want someone else stealing your work, don't steal someone else's! (An example, without even realizing it, can come when you consider incorporating a "sample" of someone else's work into your own material without first getting permission or a license to do so. And since laws involving "sampling" get quite complex, we strongly urge you to speak with a lawyer before using samples.)

→   Length of the Copyright

The copyright owner - whether that's the composer(s) or those hiring the composers - has exclusive rights to all money and benefits from the copyrighted material for a certain period of time. That time can vary from country to country, and can also depend on when and where the material was written. But in most cases copyright protection expires 50 to 70 years AFTER the death of the last living composer of the material.
 
→   What Is Needed For Copyright Protection?

Many people, even some lawyers not familiar with copyright law, are confused about the actual copyright process and how it works legally.  While it's true that songs are automatically copyrighted as soon as they are first put into tangible (physical) form, proving that you in fact have protection under copyright law is an entirely different matter.

"Tangible form" can mean many things: Writing down your song on a piece of paper, recording your music or song onto a CD, making a video or audio computer file of original material (such as an mp3 version). Original material is technically "copyrighted" – meaning copyright protection attaches – from that moment on, without you having to do anything else! NO registration with the government is required.  NO mailing copies to yourself. NO registering with a third party company is required!

But PROVING that you really wrote the original material, and when you wrote it, can be a huge problem... and usually is. So registering your material, as soon after writing it as possible, is not just a good idea, it's also the best way to ensure you have the necessary evidence to prove that you wrote the music first — a key element in virtually all copyright disputes.

→   The Poor Man's Copyright

Which brings up the issue of what many call the "poor man's copyright." This is when a person mails a song he or she has just written to his or her own address and then doesn't open the envelope. The idea is that the postmark (or registered letter date) is supposed to act as "proof" of when the song inside the envelope was written.  But...     Do NOT rely on this method to protect your work! It is a myth, not reality, that it offers ANY protection at all. This is because (a) contrary to popular belief, no one we know has EVER found even a single court case when this has actually worked, EVER, and (b) there are very good reasons WHY it doesn't work:

The reasons center around what lawyers call "problems of proof" and authentication.  First, it's just too easy to tamper with an envelope without it looking like you did, so don't expect the Court to find that your "sealed" and "postmarked" envelope is admissible evidence — it almost certainly won't be. Second, there are too many ways to "game" the system using this technique. And third, your only witnesses for authenticating this technique are you, your own equipment, and/or your friends - all "biased" and untrustworthy under the law.  We've written an article on this subject, describing the "poor man's copyright myth" here.

→   Final Points

If you want a fast and inexpensive way to maintain certified evidence of the key elements of your copyright protection – both, the tangible-form dates of your songs and their exact content at that time – don't risk your original music on an unproven copy-cat service or on the mythical "poor man's copyright." Instead, use the global leader in independent music registration with a proven track record - SongRegistration.com - as tens of thousands of composers worldwide do.

[We also recommend registering your songs and music with the Copyright Office as well, whether you do it immediately, or after registering them with us, for several reasons: First, federal registration does grant you certain "statutory" benefits which, although not necessary for copyright protection, can be beneficial, both money-wise and evidence-wise. Second, before filing an actual copyright infringement lawsuit in federal court, federal registration is usually required.]

Bottom Line:   One, ALWAYS consult with a good copyright attorney. Two, ALWAYS register songs and music as soon after creation as possible. Three, ALWAYS "police" the airwaves and all music distribution outlets to make sure no one is stealing your material (because even if your material has copyright protection, no one checks for violations for you).


And Happy Songwriting!     - from the Staff at  SongRegistration.com

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