Here y'all, I am nat happy with this FAQ item.......
Since it's a legal issue, and laws are country specific, ewe ought to say:
[b]UNDER UK LAW[/b] [i]the creator of a piece of music automatically owns the copyright for it (and a lyricist [b]automatically[/b] 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:[/i]
The rest of the paragraph is splendid though....
However below ewe should amend it:
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. [b]Copyright achieved![/b] - by Velvet Haze John[/i]
"Copyright achieved" is noncesense, it should say "et voila! proof of copyright!" or similar.
[i]RADIO AIR PLAY METHOD
If your music gets broadcast on a registered radio station such as BBC radio, [b]your music is automatically copyrighted[/b]. They keep a record of everything they've played so if you need any proof just approach the radio station.[/i]
This is just utter crap! Where on earth did it come from?!
I'd add the following:
If your compositions are being regularly performed or broadcast in public, it is probably worth your while joining the PRS collection agency ([url]http://www.prs.co.uk[/url] ). PRS will then take over administration of the public performance portion of the copyright in your compostions, and collect royalties for you, when versions of your songs are performed or broadcast.
If your compositions are being recorded and released on CDs/tapes/records/wax cylinders, it is probably worth your while joining the MCPS collections agency ([url]http://www.mcps.co.uk[/url] ). MCPS will then take over the administration of the "mechanical" portion of the copyright in your compositions, and collect royalties for you, when versions of your songs are released on CD/tape/record/wax cylinders and sold to the public in shops or on-line.