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  • diprod
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Copyright Issue
« on: April 18, 2013, 09:51:46 AM »
Aside from iTunes and the digital world, where else can we have our songs copy right these days? I know it's easy on the internet but sometimes it's also scary because it can easily be stolen as well. Do you guys do conventional copyright these days?

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Re: Copyright Issue
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2013, 08:23:28 PM »
I don't know. Maybe go to these places in person? That's about all I can think of. Most copyrighting these days is done online. Including for screenplays and literary pieces. It's quick and easy.

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Re: Copyright Issue
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2013, 08:51:10 PM »
Here is an excellent article about copyrighting your music :
How Do I Copyright My Music
If you don't want to read the whole thing here's some quotes that summarize it for the most part:
"As soon as you fix an original song to a fixed, tangible medium, you automatically are the owner of its copyright. "
"It's important to note however, that if you write with someone else, or with an entire band, you must determine the fractional ownership of the song."
"Additionally, you should submit your work to the performing rights organization (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC) with whom you are affiliated. "
This step applies to US citizens only I believe:
"The best way to protect the work is register your songs with the library of congress. Following this link will take you to the site where you can download the necessary forms: http://www.copyright.gov/."
   

Re: Copyright Issue
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2013, 05:31:35 AM »
Don't you have to pay to copyright your own things? I have heard that version of copyrighting, and I have also heard that once you have created something that you then automatically own the copyrights to it, but I am not sure which one is true. I am assuming that you do own the copyright to something as soon as you create it, but if you put it out there to sell it, then you would have to pay to get it copyrighted?

It's not fair that you have to pay to get your own work copyrighted. They find a way to scam money out of everything don't they - even your own work lol. A lot of people can't afford to copyright their work.

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Re: Copyright Issue
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2013, 09:55:40 AM »
Thanks Wizdumb! Those are some awesome information. And yeah, I heard that on conventional copyright offices, you would have to pay them. Although when you submit your music to BMI or ASCAP, they won't require you for payment but would just ask for your tax papers.

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Re: Copyright Issue
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2013, 11:05:12 AM »
A lot of people say the money in music business is in copyright. That means it is widely available everywhere. Search online for copyright companies. There are business around the U.S that just focus on copyright for artists. Look into that and you will find someone there to make sure your music isn't stolen.