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Copyright what is it and who needs it?

You need to copyright your music if you are trying to do anything with your music. If you are trying to get music placed with in Film and TV, played on the radio, or performed by some of the biggest or smallest stars in the music industry. By having a copyright for your music or written works it will protect you and your works from those who will want it for free so they can profit off of your work.

I can tell you that when I first started I did not know much about it and did not even really think it mattered. Then as I started to understand things I had someone tell me I can make a poor man’s copyright. This is a myth in the music industry that the old-fashioned fix of recording a song, placing it in an envelope and mailing it to yourself then guaranteed copyright protection. The post date on the stamp was supposed to serve as proof of the date of origin of the song, provided the envelope remained sealed.

However, this method didn’t stand up in various court cases and has since been discredited. Some folks will tell you it works but who is to say that an envelope’s seal cannot be carefully unsealed and resealed. So if you r going to take the time to do that why not do it right? Do you not consider your work valuable? You think it is priceless yet you will not spend $35- $40 to register it with the US Copyright office or office in your country that handles it?

WHAT is a COPYRIGHT?

Under international law, copyright is the automatic right of the creator of a work. This means that as soon as you write down a song or make a recording, it’s copyrighted. In order to enforce the copyright, though, you’ll need to be able to prove your ownership. In the US, that means you need to register your song with the U.S. government’s copyright website. This will make it much easier to assert your rights if your copyright is infringed. Read on to learn more about how to protect your song with a copyright.

A cool tip I found!!

As a songwriter, composer, artist writer, author it is important to keep track of every song or work you have written, when you wrote it, and who you wrote it with, whether or not you register it with the copyright office. A useful and free tool we recommend is a website such as “MyWerx” www.mywerx.com. There, you can create a free account and log every song you create to help protect your intellectual property rights!

If you want to copyright online (the recommended method):

Visit copyright.gov

At the top of the page, it says there are several link options. I recommend you choose “eCO Tutorial.” and “HOW TO REGISTER a WORK.” This will bring up a pages that walk you through the steps of copyrighting your materials online, which includes creating an account on the website and logging in. The account itself is entirely free of charge, but remember that there are filing fees.

Copyright Office forms and information circulars are available from:
Register of Copyrights
Copyright Office
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C 20559-6000
(202) 707-6787

Fees for
Copyright
Registration:
Basic: $45
Online: $35
www.loc.gov/copyright

Whether you want to copyright online or by mail, go to http://www.copyright.gov/eco. Eco stands for electronic copyright.

If you want to copyright by mail:

At the bottom of the page, it says “Alternate Methods” and gives you a list of alternate ways to copyright your materials and the steps necessary to complete those.

It is very important that you begin the process as fast as you can. If you are wanting to make money off your work or protect it YOU are the one who needs to do it. No one cares more about your work than YOU. Always remember that.

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ASCAP Distributes More Than $1.8 Million In ASCAP Plus Cash Awards

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is pleased to announce that more than $1.8 million in cash awards for 2012-2013 was distributed to songwriter and composer members by the Society’s ASCAP Plus Awards Panels. The purpose of these special awards, which have been given each year since 1960, is to reward writers whose works have a unique prestige value for which adequate compensation would not otherwise be received, and to compensate those writers whose works are performed substantially in media not surveyed by ASCAP. Close to 3,100 songwriter and composer members of ASCAP received Plus Awards in their January 2013 distribution.

“For more than 50 years, the ASCAP Plus Awards has consistently provided deserving music creators with something meaningful and tangible in the form of recognition and money. Our goal is that these awards not only serve as an additional revenue stream, but also as an inspiration to those just starting out to persevere in advancing their music careers,” said ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams. “We are greatly indebted to each of our hard-working panelists for giving their time and effort to this important endeavor.”

Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel, a recipient of multiple ASCAP Plus Awards commented: “It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized with an ASCAP Plus Award, and it helps pay the rent! The importance of this essential program can’t be overstated.”

Folk singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier added: “I am deeply grateful for the ASCAP Plus Awards I’ve received over the years. The money appears in January, right when I am wondering how I’m going to pay my credit card bills after the music business Christmas lull, and it has saved the day over and over again. For a road dog like me, who travels constantly juggling tour dates, writing, recording and self management, the annual Award helps keep the show on the road.”

The members of the ASCAP Plus Awards Panel are: Leotis Clyburn, Former EMI Publishing Executive and Music Industry Consultant; Andrew Cyr, Grammy Award-nominated conductor of the Metropolis Ensemble; Peter Filichia, New York-based theater critic for the (Newark) Star-Ledger and New Jersey’s News 12 television station; Fernanda Garcia, Public Relations Director/Promotions for El Especial; Joel Goodman, renowned Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning composer; David Hajdu, professional music critic for The New Republic and professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; Janeiro Matos, Bachata, salsa, merengue and Reggaeton DJ for Mega 97.9 FM in New York; Emily Mueller, production assistant for Grammy Award-winning producer Nathan Chapman and A&R assistant on projects for Laura Bell Bundy and The McClymonts; Chris Oglesby, seasoned publishing vet and founder of Oglesby Writer Management; Cheryl Pawelski, Grammy Award-nominated Vice President of A&R for Rhino Records and owner of Omnivore Recordings; Ryan Shore, Grammy Award-nominated composer for film, television, records and games; Steve Smith, Opera and Classical Music Editor for Time Out New York; Adonis Sutherlin, Associate Director of A&R for RCA Records; Tera Uhlinger, producer, composer and owner of Revelry Management.

ASCAP songwriters and composers that received less than $25,000 in domestic performance royalties in the previous calendar year are eligible to apply now, and can do so with the online application via Member Access (http://members.ascap.com). The deadline for submissions is July 1st, 2013.

Recipients of ASCAP Plus Awards are determined by reviewing the recent activity generated by each applicant’s catalog in the context of all other applicants’ activity. There are three divisions of the program, which include Pop (cabaret, children’s, country, electronica, folk, Hawaiian, hip-hop/rap, jazz, Latin, musical theatre, pop, R&B/soul, religious and rock); Film/TV Score (written specifically for the audio/visual spectrum); and Concert/Classical Music (symphonic, chamber, instrumental, choral, vocal, electroacoustic, opera, liturgical and educational).

 

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