Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video Limitation of claim, part of Music Law: Copyrighting a Song.
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- The goal of this next section is to limit your claim…only to the original material you have created…and to instruct the copyright office…to ignore what you didn't create.…You do not need to complete this next section…unless a song you're registering contains material…from a source other than the songwriter's.…For example, it includes musical samples…or lyrics from classic poems,…or if the song you're registering is a new version…of a previously published or registered song.…
If you haven't used other sources…or previously registered songs, click continue.…If you were using pre-existing material,…check the appropriate box or boxes under Material Excluded.…For example, if you were using lyrics…derived from a speech by Abraham Lincoln,…then under Material Excluded,…you would check the lyrics box…to indicate you were excluding certain lyrics.…If you were using an instrumental music sample…from a jazz album, you would check the music box.…
You can explain these uses with the box marked Other.…For example, by stating…
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