Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video Deposit materials, part of Music Law: Copyrighting a Song.
- Your copyright application is not considered complete…until the Copyright Office receives deposit materials,…a copy or copies of your music.…After paying for your application,…you'll be directed to a page to assist with deposits.…You will have two choices: electronic deposit upload…or send by mail.…Here's how it works.…Unpublished songs: If your songs are unpublished,…you can upload one complete copy,…everything covered in the registration.…
The Copyright Office accepts common sound file formats,…but there is a 30 minute per track upload limit.…Please note, the system has…a 60 minute upload timeout.…That means if any one upload session…takes longer than 60 minutes to complete,…the system will time out and you will have…to break up that file into two or more smaller files…in order to upload.…Alternatively, you can send in a CD or sheet music.…The Copyright Office will provide you…with a cover sheet to print out when mailing hard copies.…
Please note, this is referred to…as the shipping slip receipt.…It is not a mailing label.…
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