Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video Why register?, part of Music Law: Copyrighting a Song.
- If copyright registration isn't necessary…to get a copyright, why do so many…song owners do it?…It's because registration provides…two important benefits.…First, registration tells the world you've staked a claim…to the song and it enables someone who may wanna use…your song to contact you.…After you register, your song is indexed…in the Copyright Office's records.…The online public catalog record is located…at cocatalog.loc.gov.…
The public can find the song by title and by songwriter.…In this way, the copyright office functions…like a county recorder's office, a central repository…for owners to record titles.…Note, although the song content is protected…by copyright, titles are not protected.…Second, if you run into a dispute over your song,…registration provides a strategic bonus,…provided that you timely register.…Timely registration means that you registered…your song before it was infringed,…or alternatively, that you registered the song…within three months of distributing the song to the public.…
If you timely register, you're entitled…
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