Guide to Copyrighting Your Own Music

The Starving Musician's Safeguard

How would a financially challeged songwriter/author protect his/her rights to individual works? I have several friends that have independently produced musical projects and have recommended the following method to insure that their original compositions are protected and to their credit.

Snail Mail Method

  1. The cost is $40 per song.
  2. Send individual checks with each song.
  3. Send it certified mail with a request for signature and return receipt so when it comes back you are legal ( if you don't, you won't be able to know when it is done.)

It takes six months to a year to get back the information. This is the safest way to do this.

On Line Method

Go to this website: www.worldwideocr.com

  1. You must have the song recorded and upload an MP3 and the words with chords.
  2. You can pay for several songs at once and it is very cheap, but only temporary. ( 1 -5 years, depending on how much you want to spend.)

Another relevant website:

www.keylaw.com/Copyrights/copyrightforms.htm

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