Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video Paper forms and PDFs, part of Music Law: Copyrighting a Song.
- If you can't or don't want to file online,…then you can also file a paper application.…Paper is used by less than 10% of applicants,…probably because it's more expensive.…Filing a paper application, whether for a single work…or multiple works, is currently $85.…Online, you can download the forms by going…to the Copyright Office home page,…clicking Register a Copyright…and then clicking the name of the form…under Registration With Paper Forms.…
If you don't have access to online downloading,…you can call the Copyright Office…and request the forms at their toll-free number,…(877)…476-0778…or you can write to the U.S. Copyright Office…Public Information Office, Room 401…at 101 Independence Ave. S.E.…Washington, D.C. 20559.…If you're registering a song or group of songs only,…use Form P.A., Performing Arts.…If you qualified to register both songs…and sound recordings and wanna do that,…use form SR - Sound Recording.…
You may also wanna download a Continuation Sheet…that can be used to provide more information.…Completing Form PA is fairly similar…
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