Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video Authors, part of Music Law: Copyrighting a Song.
- Next, you're going to provide information…about the songwriters, or authors,…as the Copyright Office refers to them.…If you're not sure who qualifies as a songwriter…you can sort that out by reviewing the video on co-writers.…You will see a button entitled Add Me.…Assuming you're a songwriter, click the Add Me button…and your name will populate the next screen.…You are also offered a chance to name…an organization as an author.…That would only be the case if your song…is considered a work made for hire.…
For example, a company paid you to write the song.…For more information on works made for hire,…review the earlier video on who owns a song…or review Copyright Circular 9.…If it is not a work made for hire,…which is most likely the case,…answer No to the question,…"Is this author's contribution a work made for hire?"…By the way, if all the members of a band…wrote a song, don't list the band as the author…in the Organization box.…Instead, list each band member separately.…
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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 registration 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