Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video Publication/completion, part of Music Law: Copyrighting a Song.
- The next section, Publication Completion…requires information as to whether a song is published,…and if so, when.…If you haven't listened to the video…on song publication, you should review it.…In brief, a song is published if copies of the song,…whether in physical or digital form,…are distributed or sold to the public.…If your song has not been published,…choose No from the drop-down menu.…Next, enter the year in which the song was completed,…or if you're registering a group of unpublished songs,…the date the newest song was completed,…also known as Year of Creation.…
The application also asks for a pre-registration number,…which you can ignore, as you won't…be pre-registering your songs.…If your song or songs are published,…as is the case with our example,…you would answer Yes to the question…whether it has been published,…then enter the Year of Completion,…or if registering a group of published songs,…the year that the newest song was completed.…Then enter the first date of publication.…That is when the collection was first offered to the public.…
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