I understand that SongRegistration.com™ is an independent company in the business of documenting and memorializing the submission dates and content of music. It is not affiliated with the U.S. Copyright Office, nor does it register any submissions there. Nothing in this site should be construed as offering legal advice or representation. Although registration with the U.S. Copyright Office does NOT "copyright" material, I understand it is required before filing an infringement suit or collecting or claiming certain types of damages, fees, injunctive relief and burdens of proof. There may be other reasons to consider federal registration. See Answer #10 in our frequently asked questions section (above) for a link to the Copyright Office's literature on this subject and other information on copyright.
I understand that this service, as further explained in the frequently asked questions and answers above and our free copyright info kit, does NOT involve registration with the U.S. Copyright Office, is not in and of itself a formal copyright (but rather provides evidence of when the material was submitted), does not necessarily establish copyright and does not provide statutory protections. I understand that registering and uploading my composition(s) with SongRegistration.com™ is SOLELY for the purpose of establishing the submission date of material submitted by documenting the person or entity submitting the material, the date submitted and what the content of that submitted material was. I also understand that in the event of a copyright dispute, you will - at my request - send certified copies of my uploaded song(s) directly to the appropriate Court of Record, or someone else I designate, along with all supporting registration documentation, although SongRegistration.com™ does not guarantee that the documentation it provides users will be considered evidence by a court of law.
Services NOT Provided:
I understand that SONGREGISTRATION.COM™ DOES NOT OFFER LEGAL ADVICE OR LEGAL SERVICES OF ANY KIND, NOR PROTECTION AGAINST CLAIMS OF WHETHER THE MATERIAL SUBMITTED WAS LEGALLY ASSIGNED TO A THIRD PARTY, OR WHETHER THE MATERIAL WAS COMPOSED EARLIER THAN ITS SUBMISSION TO SONGREGISTRATION.COM™, OR THE IDENTITY OF THE SUBMITTER (and since SongRegistration.com™ obviously cannot identify the submitter, I understand that any request for access to the submission by the submitter must be accompanied by a copy of my Affidavit of Registered Songs or other reasonable proof that I am in fact the party who submitted the material). I also understand that SongRegistration.com™ does not file anything with the Copyright Office or Library of Congress. Also, since SongRegistration.com™ does not physically listen to, or monitor, files I upload - but rather only checks that they are submitted in the proper format - I understand the physical integrity or "usability" of files uploaded is not verified nor warranted by SongRegistration.com™. Further, that SongRegistration.com™ can only register what I submit; so if I only submit lyrics without music, SongRegistration.com™ can only provide proof of those lyrics, not the music; likewise, if I only submit music or just chords, SongRegistration.com™ can only attest to that and nothing more. Further, that if I submit a CD or other audio file with lyrics on it AND I also submit a separate lyrics sheet, SongRegistration™ may at its option archive the audio file only in lieu of the lyrics sheet. I further understand that, SHOULD I SEEK LEGAL ADVICE OR SERVICES REGARDING COPYRIGHT LAW, I MUST DO SO ON MY OWN THROUGH AN ATTORNEY DULY LICENSED IN THE STATE OR COUNTRY WHERE I RESIDE.
Encouragement to Register with the U.S. Copyright Office (in addition to registering with us):
I understand that SongRegistration.com™ is NOT filing anything with the U.S. Copyright Office in my behalf. I also understand that timely registration with the U.S. Copyright Office is "prima facie" evidence of copyright and must be done before filing an actual infringement action, or seeking statutory damages, and that SongRegistration.com™ encourages all composers and publishers to do so.
By submitting my composition(s) to SongRegistration.com™, I agree to hold harmless and indemnify SongRegistration.com™, and its owners, from and against any third party claims arising from or in any way related to use of SongRegistration.com's services, including any liability or expense arising from all claims, losses, damages (actual and consequential), suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys' fees, of every kind and nature. In such case, SongRegistration.com™ will provide me with written notice of such claim, suit or action. I understand that SongRegistration.com™'s sole obligation under this agreement is to provide evidence of the date of submission, name of the submitter as listed on the submission form and the contents of submitted material as provided by the submitter, and NOTHING ELSE.
Storage of Submitted Material:
I understand that in the unlikely event any submission of mine was lost or otherwise damaged due to your failure to exercise reasonable care or any other cause whatsoever, I agree and understand that the liquidated damages for said loss is limited to, and shall be, my original registration fee. I also understand that "lifetime" and "for life" in the context of my registration means the life of the company, SongRegistration.com, although in the unlikely event of the company's cessation of business all efforts will be made by the company to use its best efforts to provide contingency means to ensure that, where reasonably practicable, agents are identified to fulfill existing registrations, but no claim or guarantee is made regarding the realization of such measures.
Promotion, Jurisdiction and Miscellaneous Terms:
Should SongRegistration.com™ engage in any program intended to promote registered songs, I hereby authorize SongRegistration.com™ to display and play my registered song(s) in any media, as long as (a) it is for promotional purposes only, (b) SongRegistration.com™ receives no direct compensation for said display/play (except from me) and (c) full credit and/or contact access is given showing me as Registrar of said song(s).