posted on Aug, 17 2005 @ 04:40 AM
Originally posted by psychochick
And it's pretty fun to play stuff that I wrote myself. I'd share some, but I don't know how to get them copyrighted. (help would be apriciated)
[edit on 8/15/05 by psychochick]
I'm not sure exaclty if it works the same way in the USA, but here in the UK copyright exists automatically on intellectual property such as songs.
All you have to do is be able to prove that it is yours, and when you composed it . The most simple way, which is used by artists and writers who do
not yet have a publisher is to: -
Write down the lyrics, along with any musical notation, chord sequence etc and put it in an envelope, maybe with a tape recording of you performing it
Seal the envelope and get it date stamped across the seal. You can get this done at the post office.
Have the sealed envelope sent to your address either by standard mail, or to be extra sure, special or recorded delivery.
You will now have a sealed, dated, postmarked (verifying the date) package containing proof of when you composed your songs.
It is vitally important that you do not open this or break the seal, ever, unless you find yourself in a legal battle over the ownership of your
songs. The time to open it is in front of the judge in such a case, who can witness you breaking the dated seal to reveal your songs, proving beyond
any doubt that your songs are yours.
[edit on 17-8-2005 by Paul]