Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting started with registration, part of Music Law: Copyrighting a Song.
- To file a song copyright electronically,…you must register with eCO or E-C-O,…the acronym for the Electronic Copyright Office.…Go to the Copyright Office homepage,…www.copyright.gov.…Click Register a Copyright.…If you're a first-time user or if you want a refresher…on how to file electronically,…you can take the eCO Tutorial…listed under Recommended Reading.…When you're ready, click Log in to eCO.…
Alternatively, you can get there directly…by going to eco.copyright.gov.…If you haven't already registered,…click the New User link…and follow the onscreen instructions.…Once you complete the sign up information,…you'll be returned to the eCO login page.…You must be a registered user to use eCO.…After you sign in, you'll see your dashboard…where you can launch new applications…or track pending applications,…all of which are referred to as cases.…
You can save your work as you go…and you can return and complete your work later.…You can find the current case you're working on…by clicking Working Cases on the left sidebar.…
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