How to Copyright Your Music
To gain all of the protections of the copyright law, you need to copyright your music. Luckily, this is really easy to do! In fact, music is automatically copyrighted the moment you create it in a tangible medium; like on paper or on an audio recording. That’s right: all you have to do is write your original song down on paper or record it, and you own the copyright. Then, you are protected by law and others cannot use your song without your permission.
Copyright Registration Is Different
One common misconception is that you copyright your music with the United States Copyright Office. The truth is, your stuff is automatically copyrighted the moment you record it on a tangible medium. What the Copyright Office provides is not the copyright itself, but a certificate of registration of your copyright. This is a formal document issued directly from the Copyright Office to you that certifies that you are the owner of a work and that they have a record of your ownership on file at the Library of Congress.
Why You Should Register With the Copyright Office
We recommend you register your works with the U.S. Copyright Office. If you do, you will have “prima facie” evidence that you were the first to create the work. “Prima facie” is a legal term. It means that the other side bears the burden of proof to prove that the work is not yours.
Copyright Registration Services
You can register directly with the United States Copyright Office at Copyright.gov. Their system works fine, but it is not entirely user friendly. For that reason, services have popped up that offer to copyright your music for you. They charge their service fees and the required federal filing fee. They will ask the same questions, (although perhaps in a way that is simpler to understand), and then forward your information on to the Copyright Office for registration. Note that whether you file directly at Copyright.gov or with a third party agency, the copyright registration process and certificate will be the same. That’s because the only entity that can issue your certificate is the Copyright Office. When you register your copyright with us at Easy Song, we will ensure all that all legal steps are followed to file your registration claim with the Copyright Office and you get your Certificate of Registration as quickly as possible.
Official Explanations From Copyright.gov
Copyright.gov is the official web site of the United States Copyright Office. It is a good resource for information about copyright. The following excerpts were taken from their site. Our comments are in green: