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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / How to copyright 1 song?

riveraBry
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Great Lakes

71 front loaded, No acess in the back
Apr 8th, 2012 09:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Is it expensive? Easy to do?
Thanks in advance for any help!

Thommie
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Dallas, Texas

Not Legal in California
Apr 8th, 2012 09:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very easy.

Go to copyright.gov for info. It looks like if you register it electronically, the cost is still only $35.

Gary101

vero beach, fl

That was broke
Apr 9th, 2012 09:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If your just worried about it being stolen. I heard you just put it in an envelope and mail it to yourself and never open it. The federal stamp which is stamped on the stamp shows the date and time it was mailed. The idea is if you say your song was stolen you have prof when it was written. I got that from Gig magazine years ago. Anybody? 2 cents?

Ryder
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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Apr 9th, 2012 10:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You know, I'm an artist (visual) and many years ago I had something printed in a newspaper and it was done without my knowledge. I called the paper and they said, too bad. "It not illegal".

I called the copyright office and they told me he was right (though unethical, not illegal) due to the date I created it. After 1979 (I think), anything created was automatically copyrighted. She said, I didn't even have to put the copyright mark on it.

That's my 2 sense. I would think it would be applicable for all the arts, ie, music.

SpinDoctor
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Ohio USA

Apr 9th, 2012 10:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Technically, if you write something down, it's covered by the copyright laws, but if you want an enforceable protection, it really needs to be registered.

mrblues
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record of her favorite blues.
Apr 9th, 2012 10:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just FYI: The copyright office, and therefore the courts do not recognize and are under no obligation to honor the so-called "poor man's copyright" posted above by Gary101, although it's written about extensively by people trying to give advice.

You're better off ponying up the dough for a real registration if you really want to be protected.

Linky

riveraBry
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Apr 9th, 2012 11:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks. I promise to remember you all when I'm famous!

BrentD
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Lansing, MI

Apr 9th, 2012 12:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

mrblues +1. You can't sue to enforce your copyright unless it's registered anyway. Registration is a statutory prerequisite for filing a complaint for infringement.

If you do it with a certain (short) period of time from the date of creation, it also gives you additional damages should anyone steal your song.

golfmann

Cuba, MO USA

Apr 9th, 2012 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can sell you (and you can BUY) the Brooklyn Bridge. You cannot ENFORCE your ownership if you don't have the legal, RECORDED deed.

Plus, it feels good to have the copyright notice back, FINALLY...

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