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is burning it to CD and sending it to myself sufficient?
is the industry standard i believe.Keep it locked away unopened.
There's no need to do anything - if you've written the song then the copyright is yours.
If a dispute comes up over copyright then you need to make sure the earliest date you can prove you had the song is earlier than the earliest date someone else did. Locking it away unopenned with the date stamped on the seal is one way to do it but, if you're playing live regularly, the very fact that audiences are hearing it in itself is a form of proof of date.
Ultimately, though, you need to remember that no-one is likely to steal a song wholesale anyway. If it's good enough for someone to want to steal it then audiences will remember it and knwo full well you wrote it, thus making the other person look a bit silly. If audiences don't remember it it's unlikely anyone's going to steal it. There are cases where these things happen but it's pretty unlikely.
More likely one of two things might happen
a) Someone uses an idea you had for one of their own songs. This is tricky 'cos technically you can't copyright an idea so you'd need to prove that someone had actually used a significant amount of your content.
b) Someone's song resembles yours. In this case you'd need to prove that the person heard your song before writing theirs and also that there's no precedent to your own song (if there is then the other person can claim you were both ripping off this third song).
Music copyright is a pretty complex area but honestly I'm pretty sure it's not something you need to worry too much about 'cos, as I say, outright song theft is pretty rare and it's so hard to prove an idea is original anyway. Plus most people in bands are egotists and wouldn't dream of claiming some other song is their own 'cos they want to believe they're geniuses in their own right!!!
I can't be bothered reading that at this time in the morning so i am going to say it's false.
Yeah post it to yourself. Don't forget about it and then think someone has sent you something. Then you'll need to send it again! Then what if you forget again....
...tho' I admit it was hard to read.
Basically, in short, the copyright is yours. You don't need to do anything at all.
You wrote it, you own the copyright and you can use that to get Anschul's MySpace page deleted if you tell Tom he's stolen it off you.
by delving into the world of creative commons. Yip.
'c' then circle it :)
problem solved :)
hardly! it's the easiest way of free-licensing/syndicating content in the world!
Is it correct that one should publish one's songs, officially, and so avoid any problems.
I thought copywriting applied to the recording of a song rather than the song itself. Is that correct?
There's a lot of technical terms applied and I don't know the finer details - anyone around here qualified in music law?
But my understanding is as follows:
Although you own the rights to the song if you've written it, that's hard to prove without a recording. Publishing a song does solve this problem as it does place on record that you wrote this song at such-and-such a point. You don't need to publish a song in order to own the rights to it but, if you do so, it will make it easier to proof infrignement.
But I think the term copyright itself does apply far more to recordings. No-one can make publically available something you've recorded or a sample of something you've recorded without permission because that is copyrighted to you.
Conversely, anyone is entitled to perform your songs in public. However it still remains your song so you reserve the right to be credited as the author of the work and earn any money resulting from this.
My understanding is that you unfortunately do have the right to block someone from releasing their won recording of one of your songs BUT they do have to credit you as author when they do so.
i should know.
As regards recordings, a separate copyright subsists in both the song and the recording. Again, copyright in recordings in the UK exists as soon as they are made with no further formalities required.