Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video Entering your title or titles, part of Music Law: Copyrighting a Song.
- Next, you enter your song title or titles.…The Copyright Office allows you to register…a group of songs on one application,…but you must meet a few requirements.…First, you'll need to determine…whether your songs were published.…I talked about what it means to publish a song…in the video on publication.…As a general rule, a song is published…if physical or digital copies change hands.…That is they are distributed and/or sold to the public.…If your songs weren't published,…you can register an unlimited group of them…on one application provided the collection…bears a single identifying title…and that the person or persons claiming copyright…is the same for all of the songs.…
That is all of the songs are owned by the same person,…group of people or business entity.…In addition, there's one more qualification.…If the songs were written by more than one writer,…one of the writers must have written…or co-written all of the songs.…For example, consider an album with 10 unpublished songs.…Rich and Bruce wrote six,…Bruce and Andrea wrote two,…
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