Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video What's needed for registration?, part of Music Law: Copyrighting a Song.
- Once you have decided you want to register…your next decision is whether to register…electronically or to file a paper application.…Electronic is cheaper, results in faster turn around,…allows you to track the application, permits you to pay…using secure credit or debit card payments…or via ACH bank account withdrawal,…and lets you in some cases upload deposit materials.…Note, copyright fees change often,…on average at least every three to four years.…
So you should check at the copyright office website…for the current fee schedule before filing.…The fee schedule is located at…copyright.gov/docs/fees.html.…At the time this course was created…the fee to register is 35 dollars…if you file electronically and provided you're registering…one song, written by one song writer…who also owns the copyright.…All other electronic application filings,…for example, for a group of songs are 55 dollars.…
Paper application filings are 85 dollars.…In order to complete the application,…you'll need the names of the songwriters…as well as their citizenship and their contributions.…
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