Do I need to "Copyright" my Songs, Music or Lyrics?
Copyright actually exists the very moment an original song, lyrical work or piece of music is created and fixed in a tangible and accessible form or media such as it being recorded or written down. However, should that work become subject to a dispute or be infringed upon, proof of copyright ownership is not only essential it is also a legal requirement in a court of law. Securing proof of copyright ownership is your responsibility.
Songrite Copyright Office will provide you with solid documented proof of ownership as from the date of registration. If you value your work and wish to protect it "Copyrighting", or to be more precise, copyright registration is strongly advised.
How do I Register Copyright Ownership of my Songs, Music, or Lyrics,
See how easy and cost effective it is to register the copyright ownership of your songs, music, lyrics, poems etc., either online
or by regular mail
Songrite Copyright Registration Office
can register and store the copyrights and intellectual property rights of all your original works from single compositions to complete albums.
Copyright Registration will provide you with solid documented proof of ownership as from the date of registration. If you value your work and wish to protect it "Copyrighting", or to be more precise, copyright registration is strongly advised.
What you can register with Songrite.
- Song Copyrights (Complete songs with words and music)
- Music Copyrights (Music, Music scores & Musical Arrangements)
- Lyric Copyrights (Song Lyrics)
What the registration covers:
When registering your work with Songrite Copyright Office we include the registration of all additional rights as set out below.
- 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. Online Copyright
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.
Apply for Songrite Membership:
Copyright Registration by Regular Mail:
Using the regular mail service is an option open to both members and none members, however, due to the time consuming procedures involved with manual delivery, this method takes longer to complete and is dependent upon external systems which are beyond our control. (Local Mailing Services). Copyright by Mail
Copyright Registration Forms:
Copyright Registration Forms are only required when submitting your work by regular mail. There are three Copyright application forms available which cover everything from registering one single composition to a complete album of up to fourteen tracks. Copyright forms for registering songs, music and lyrics can be viewed here. Copyright Forms. (These forms are not required for online copyright registration).
Do it Yourself Protection:
The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself in a sealed envelope or package is often referred to as “poor man’s copyright.” This "do it yourself" method of "copyrighting" is simple to by-pass and defraud which renders it totally unreliable and unacceptable as proof of ownership in a court of law.
There is no provision in the text of international copyright law that recognises “poor man’s copyright” as a viable alternative to registration. Placing trust in “poor man’s copyright” to protect your work is not only misguided but foolhardy and will surely result in your loss and disappointment if ever put to the test.
Copyright Registration will help establish a true and lasting record of rightful ownership.
Safeguarding Personal Information:
Protecting your privacy is important to us. We do not share, sell or exchange names email addresses or any other personally identifying information about our members or clients to any other organisation or agency.
The information contained within this site is offered as a consideration to visitors and at no time should the information be construed as legal advice; for all legal matters, we encourage our clients to seek the assistance of an attorney. The Copyright Office is not responsible for policing, or checking on registered works and their use, and cannot guarantee that the legitimacy of ownership or originality in a work registered by Songrite will never be questioned.
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