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Copyright Basics for Songwriters

By Kathy Unruh

Should you copyright your song? If you’re a songwriter, sooner or later you will probably have some questions about getting your material copyrighted. Since I’ve already been down this road before, you might be able to benefit from my experience. Though I am not an expert in the field, I do believe that I have some valuable information to share with you.
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I’ve noticed that there seems to be a bit of confusion regarding the subject of copyrighting. A fairly common question among people who frequent songwriting forums is “How do I copyright my song?” which, of course, is quite understandable.

Just imagine what it would be like to have one of your songs stolen, only to find out later that it grossed several hundred thousand dollars for some band you never even heard of. You might think that you would be able to console yourself with the idea that this only proves you can write a good song, but I doubt it.

More than likely, you’d be pretty upset over the whole matter and want to take legal action. The sad thing is, most people never do prosecute because they don’t have the money to hire an attorney. Even if they did, it’s not likely to be an easy case to win without proof of copyright, and many would probably “lose their shirt,” so to speak, in the process.

Nowadays, however, due to the popularity of the internet, people are sharing their original material as never before. Have you ever wondered if this is a safe thing to do? How does a copyright protect your material anyway?Continue reading Copyright Basics for Songwriters