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edpdx
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Registered: 05/19/08
Posts: 198
Location: Portland, Or United States
 
Registering songs
Tuesday, August 08 2017 @ 11:14 AM CDT

Hi McJammers,

Looking for an online site, where I can register 4 songs (lyrics.)

Thanks
Ed

MikeRobinson
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Registered: 08/29/11
Posts: 722
Location: Chattanooga, TN United States
 
Re:Registering songs
Tuesday, August 08 2017 @ 08:01 PM CDT

http://copyright.gov

Legal registration for all four songs (at once) will cost you $35.00 and can be done completely on-line.   The effective date of registration is today.   A pretty certificate will arrive in the mail someday.

Definitive “INAL™ = I’m Not A Lawyer” answers to most USA copyright-related questions can be found here, too.
edpdx
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Registered: 05/19/08
Posts: 198
Location: Portland, Or United States
 
Re:Registering songs
Wednesday, August 09 2017 @ 11:58 AM CDT

Hi,

Thank you for your answer.

Ed.
edpdx
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Registered: 05/19/08
Posts: 198
Location: Portland, Or United States
 
Re:Registering songs (more question)
Wednesday, August 09 2017 @ 08:36 PM CDT

Hi,

So, I am getting confused on how to register my 4 songs. Right now they are just lyrics (working on the music.) My question: do I have to register the lyrics and the music separately? or can I register just the lyrics, and then at a later date add the music to the same registration without having to pay again.

Thanks
edpdx
Forum Full Member


Registered: 05/19/08
Posts: 198
Location: Portland, Or United States
 
Re:Registering songs (more question)
Wednesday, August 09 2017 @ 08:36 PM CDT

Hi,

So, I am getting confused on how to register my 4 songs. Right now they are just lyrics (working on the music.) My question: do I have to register the lyrics and the music separately? or can I register just the lyrics, and then at a later date add the music to the same registration without having to pay again.

Thanks
paul f. page
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Registered: 10/28/06
Posts: 169
Location: , USA
 
Re:Registering songs
Thursday, August 10 2017 @ 12:25 AM CDT

see PM
 
MikeRobinson
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Registered: 08/29/11
Posts: 722
Location: Chattanooga, TN United States
 
Re:Registering songs
Thursday, August 10 2017 @ 07:54 PM CDT

I would suggest that you complete the lyrics and the music, then submit an application which includes the song stated as a lead-sheet (probably with verse #1 shown), then a separate page which lists all of the verses.

If you simply registered the lyrics right now, that would of course be registering a poem, and if you then paid another $35 to register the music you could link one to the other.   But, what would be the point?   Just wait until you are done and submit the whole thing once.

If you then want to register a separate sound recording, I think that this would necessarily be a separate ($35) application because it is a different type of material.   This copyright registration would reference the preceding one, using the id-number that was issued for the original application, to clearly indicate that it is a particular recording of a previously-secured work.

If you came up with 15 different recordings and didn’t know which one you liked, or maybe multiple recordings of different material, you can of course register all of them at once (up to a point ...) for just one $35 payment.   The copyright office is flooded with work and is all about encouraging efficiency.   For example, if you are putting together an album, why not finish all the songs before ... for $35 ... registering them all at once.   (Fifteen songs in one application is fifteen times less work for our harried public servants.)

Disclaimer:   The web site contains very thorough instructions and information which should be considered authoritative over anything that I have said here ... INAL.™   And of course, there are always specialist attorneys ... who can authoritatively answer questions in exchange for a fee.   (In Nashville, some attorneys will knock-off simple five-minute questions pro bono, in the (shrewd) name of marketing their expertise.)