Song and Lyric Copyrights.
Copyright exists the moment a piece of music, a song or lyric is committed to any form of tangible media. For example; recorded on a CD or other recording media including hard drive, written, printed or in manuscript form. However, once you have created your work and believe it has a commercial value then it is important you take appropriate steps to protect it by ensuring rightful ownership has been documented and all rights have been attributed to the legal copyright owner.
Copyright law provides protection for literary and artistic works, giving authors the ability to control the exploitation of their works. The law of related rights provides similar protection for the creative contributions of those involved in presenting works to the public, such as performers, phonogram producers and broadcasters.
These rights are provided by national laws in individual countries. International treaties serve to forge links among different national laws, ensuring that creators are also protected in another country than their own. The treaties do not overrule national law, but require the countries that join them to grant some specified minimum rights, and to do so on a non-discriminatory basis.
A certificate of registration provides solid proof and acts as legal evidence to support the named claimant as the registered copyright owner of the work as described upon the said certificate. (as from the date of registration). This unequivocal evidence can be used in a court of law to support your claim should a dispute or an infringement occur. We also retain backup copies of your work that are time stamped as from the date of registration..
A Single Song Usually Contains Several Copyright Categories:
These rights include the following;
- The Music / Melody:
- The lyrics:
- The Arrangements:
- The Production:
- The Performance:
- The Artwork / Logo: (On the sleeve or album cover or CD).
- Your Band or Stage or Performers name.
All of these collective copyrights are included when registering complete songs or music only tracks.
Online Song and Lyrics Registration:
Submitting your original work direct to us online is a quick, safe and secure process. However to safeguard and maintain the high level of security and efficiency we have restricted access to this facility to Songrite members only. Our Unique International copyright service is open and available to all songwriters, lyric writers and music composers who wish to register the copyrights of their work and have certified proof of ownership in the form of a copyright certificate.
How to Become a Member:
Membership is totally free with no strings or commitments, the online application form takes a few moments to complete. This online copyright service is used by both professional and aspiring songwriters and composers to upload their original songs and lyrics for registration. Copyright Registration ensures all new and original works are documented and accredited to the owner, author or creator of the submitted works.
Song and Lyrics Copyrights By Regular Mail.
Send your songs, lyrics and music by regular mail and receive your copyright certificate and accompanying registration document direct to your door via regular mail. This "paper" process takes a little longer than the "digital service" which is usually completed within 24 hours of registration. However you will also be issued with digital documents (within 24 hours of registration). The paper method is a little more expensive and it could take up to 14 days before you receive the hard copies of your documents.
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