Can You Copyright My Songs?

We don't copyright music, we collect royalties from your publishing ownership.

As a songwriter, it is essential that you protect your intellectual property. By technical standards, a work is automatically copyrighted and protected under the US Copyright law once it has been made into a fix, tangible form - you are not required to register your work before you can claim copyright. What the Copyright Office provides is not the copyright itself, but a certificate of registration of your copyright. This is a formal document issued directly from the Copyright Office to you that certifies that you are the owner of a work and that they have a record of your ownership on file at the Library of Congress. The benefit of this certificate is that you are granted:

  1. Stronger claims in case anyone infringes on your rights
  2. Better damage compensation if someone tries to infringe on your rights

Songtrust does not register your songs with US Copyright Office. If you would like to do so, you can register your works via copyright.gov. Registering your works with the Copyright Office does not mean you will be paid - you still have to register with a publishing administrator, start your own publishing company, or sign a traditional publishing deal to exploit your works.

However, please note that the act of registering your songs with Songtrust is a great alternative to prove active ownership of your catalog without going through the US Copyright Office. That is why we encourage you to sign up with Songtrust and register your catalog under your ownership.

Interested in learning more? Check out our blog post: Copyright 101

 

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