Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video After you file, part of Music Law: Copyrighting a Song.
- Generally, a Copyright Office registration specialist…only contacts an applicant if the filing…or deposit materials don't comply…with Copyright Office rules.…That's usually because insufficient…or inconsistent information is furnished.…For example, the songwriter's name is spelled…two different ways or the applicant failed…to indicate a co-writer's contribution.…Most of these errors can be easily corrected…and are less likely to occur with electronic applications…in which completion of form fields is mandatory.…
If you file electronically, you can, to a limited extent,…track the status of your application.…If you sign into the eCO system…and return to your dashboard, you will see…a section entitled Open Cases.…Find the case for your recent application…and click the hyperlink.…That should indicate the claim status as pending.…You can see the information that you furnished…to the Copyright Office by returning…to your dashboard, clicking My Applications…on the left sidebar and then clicking…the appropriate title.…
Rich starts by defining what a song copyright and a sound recording copyright are—and how they're different. He defines who owns a song, and how to sort out contributions from multiple writers of the same song. Then he explains how to get a copyright using the U.S. Copyright Office's online application process. The course wraps up by discussing possible objections that copyright examiners may have, as well as what to do to maintain your copyright and correct any errors that crop up.
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- What is a song copyright?
- Who owns a song?
- Evaluating cowriters and their contributions
- Registering a song copyright
- Maintaining a copyright registration