1. avatar The Evangelists
    The creator of a piece of music automatically owns the copyright for it (and a lyricist owns the copyright for the words) and the methods illustrated below are ways of proving that you own the copyright, should ownership be called into question:



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    ENVELOPE METHOD

    Mark ALL pieces of your song (lyric sheets, tapes, sheet music) as: ‘Copyright © (your name)’.

    SEND THE ENVELOPE REGISTERED MAIL SO YOU HAVE A DATED RECEIPT.

    DO NOT OPEN THE ENVELOPE WHEN YOU RECEIVE IT!

    MARK THE ‘TITLE’ OF THE SONG(S) ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE ENVELOPE BEFORE MAILING IT TO YOURSELF.

    STORE THE ENVELOPE IN A SAFE PLACE.


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    BANK METHOD

    Put your demo tape, typed lyrics, and any artwork in an envelope. Also include a letter with your signature on it and a winesses signature on it. Go to the bank and ask if they will put the package in their safe. If they're nice they will do it for free. They will give you a dated receipt and guaratee that it will not be touched until you hand them back the receipt. Copyright achieved! -
    by Velvet Haze John


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    RADIO AIR PLAY METHOD

    If your music gets broadcast on a registered radio station such as BBC radio, your music is automatically copyrighted. They keep a record of everything they've played so if you need any proof just approach the radio station.


    EDIT: The [url="http://www.fmc-ireland.com/"]Federation of Music Collectives[/url] have a bit of info on copyright on their site - [url="http://www.fmc-ireland.com/pages/advic.html"]read here[/url]

    EDIT 2: See also [url=""]this FAQ[/url] on computer-music copyright Edited by: fastfude at: 11/21/01 7:41:31 pm