Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video Formalities, part of Music Law: Copyrighting a Song.
- Once the application and deposit copy have been reviewed…and accepted a paper certificate of registration is mailed.…If you filed electronically you should receive your…Certificate of Registration in the mail within eight months.…If you filed a paper application…you should receive your certificate within 13 months.…If you lose your certificate don't worry,…for a fee the Copyright Office will issue you…a replacement certificate.…Once the registration is granted your information…will be entered into the Copyright Office database,…you can review it online by searching…www.copyright.gov/records.…
If there are errors in the certificate…or in the online registration you may need to…correct the errors by filing a supplementary…registration using form CA which stands…for corrections and amplifications.…You can read more about the procedure in Circular 8.…It's possible you may also receive mail…from strangers as a result of your registration.…Some companies comb Copyright Office records…and solicit copyright owners…
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