I. How Copyright Works
Even though copyright protection is automatic attaching as soon as original material is first put into tangible form, if your music is stolen you'll still need certifiable proof of (1) when your copyright protection took effect and (2) the actual content of your work at that time!
Which is why you should never play or distribute songs before registering them with a professional registration service (such as SongRegistration™ or the Copyright Office).
This establishes and memorializes the two key elements in copyright disputes: Content and Tangible-Form Date.
And forget about the "poor man's copyright" (or your CD or computer's date-stamp) THEY DON'T WORK!
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