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Text 2018-11-28

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright Basics

 

Copyright basics (in United States):

Copyright duration lasts for lifetime of author + 70 years

 

 

Public domain:

is where your songs to go when copyright expires

 

 

* You can't copyright an idea or title

* You can copyright "an expression of an idea"

 

 

Original work of Authorship:

An expression of an idea fixed in a tangible form that can be communicated, distributed, reproduced, or otherwise perceived

 

 

 

*Two ways to copyright

 

1) Poor man's copyright:

Mail material to yourself via registered mail, then never open it

 

2) Register your material to Library of Congress in Washington D.C. with proper forms (PA form: Performing Arts, SR form: Sound Recording) + $45 fee

 

 

 

[side trip]

'Songwriter': Someone who writes music, lyrics or both

 

 

 

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