One of the most common things that songwriters search for online, is how to copyright (not copywrite) songs and music for free.
But -- as the saying goes -- nothing in life is really free (or "you get what you pay for") ...
Actually that's not technically true. Your actual song copyright itself IS free (since the copyright legally happens, automatically, as soon as you put your songs and music into physical form).
So the short and technical answer to "How do I copyright my songs for free?" is: You really already have, as soon as you've written them!
But "technically" having a song copyright, and being able to prove it -- that a song is really yours and you own the copyright rights to it if somebody tries stealing it -- ARE TWO TOTALLY DIFFERENT THINGS...
To prove your song copyright you'll need INDEPENDENT EVIDENCE (so don't use "the poor man's copyright" -- see our article on that by clicking "more" at the bottom of this article).
Meaning, if you take your music seriously, you need to REGISTER your songs with an established, reliable song copyrighting service, such as SongRegistration.com (it does NOT have to be the Copyright Office).
For more information, you can get our Free Copyright Information Packet emailed to you by just visiting our site and asking for it! You can also review the tens of thousands of songwriters and music publishers from more than 48 different countries who have registered their original material through us over the years.|
[copyrights are recognized in more than 160 countries worldwide]
As far as we can tell however, there are NO reputable companies offering song registration completely for free!
One way or the other, either through a "membership fee," "annual fees," "sign up fees," or just an honest, plain registration fee (as with us), a company MUST charge you at least something to stay in business, process your order, store your songs!
So don't expect any free rides (and if one is offered, BEWARE). But what we at SongRegistration.com can offer is almost certainly the LOWEST price possible to register and maintain your songs.
Using our special "one-price" system, we can offer song registration for as low as $7.50 a song (as long as you submit 4 songs at the same time).
That's lower than the U.S. Copyright Office (which now charges $45 per submission) and lower than virtually all the other organizations that charge membership fees to register songs. Much lower than companies that file your registrations with the Copyright Office. And pretty much lower than ANY other reputable company we could find (and, believe us, we've researched this)!
So if you want reliable song registration services -- not "register or copyright your songs for free" gimmicks, join songwriters worldwide using SongRegistration.com!
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