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In the U.S., work is automatically copyrighted when you complete it. But if you want to enforce that, for example in a court of law, you will want to have an official registration of that copyright on file. That is the reason to register your material with the U.S. Copyright Office.

http://www.copyright.gov/

Posting lyrics on this forum may be valuable in this sense, because there will be a time-stamped record of them. But realize that you are risking worldwide public exposure of your material at the same time, and Freestyle Remix will bear no responsibility for the outcome.

Copyright notices must be in this form:

1. The symbol ©, (C), or the word "Copyright."
2. The year of first publication of the work.
3. The name of the owner of copyright in the work.

Examples:
© 2002 John Doe
Copyright 2004 Planet Hype

A copyright is the "right" to "copy" intellectual property for sale, distribution, etc. It is not a copywrite for when you write something, and the past tense is "copyrighted" (one word) not "copywritten." :wink:

Lastly, intellectual property like songs and documents are copyrighted. Designs like company logos are trademarked, or sometimes service marked. Inventions and procedures are patented. Trademarks and patents require research and hundreds of dollars in filing fees. Don't try to slap a copyright on your logo and think you'll be protected!

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Mon, 16 Feb 2004 8:18 pm
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Thanx for the link and the 411, this can save someone alot of tears, but it seems so hard to get started.....

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Getting started is mostly about networking. At this point, you are probably specialized in one area of writing or production, with little experience in the other aspects. The best way to move forward is to find someone else who is specialized in a different area, and work together.

Your goal is to get something recorded, even if it isn't perfect. Starting something on your own will earn you bonus points when you are trying to do business down the road. It means you understand what you're doing, and you probably also have a grounded idea of reality in the music business (i.e. less than 3% of the industry makes Britney money, independent record labels are not evil or members of the RIAA, etc.).

Trying to get a song placed with an established artist or label is more difficult than ever because too many people are lawsuit-happy in this country.

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Your correct about my standings in the biz, but my stuff IS at high risk at this point, I was thinking about the "poor mans copyright" doese that really hold in court?

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Mon, 16 Feb 2004 11:38 pm
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The mail-it-to-yourself method? I've seen people recommending it recently. I'm not sure if it would hold up in court, but it is an official USPS postmark. Just make sure the package is well-sealed and couldn't possibly be tampered with afterwards.

Hmmm.. I wonder if there's an urban myth section on the copyright web site?

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I think Ill try that just untill I can do it the correct way, You know Just temparary. But Yes thats the method Im refering to, and thanx again glen!! I just need to ask you one more question, how much doese it usually cost to copyrite material?

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Check the Copyright Office link above. Song lyrics use the "Performing Arts" PA form, poems use the "Literary Works" TX form, and recordings of music use the SR form. I think the filing fee is around $30, but I don't remember if you can submit more than one item per filing to save money.

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Thanx G!!

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G wrote:

A copyright is the "right" to "copy" intellectual property for sale, distribution, etc. It is not a copywrite


:lol:

That's comady!!

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Thank you! I'll be here all week. :drunk:

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:lol: ^^


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Lol @ Glenn. :lol:

I had to go through this with Jessica Marie. We did the poor mans copyright first then we did it the legal way. On the website, it mentions the poor mans copyright as an idea, but I guess it all depends on what kind of luck you have. Heh.

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If only I'd recorded myself yelling REEEEEEMMMIIIIIIIIIIXX!!! over a beat years ago and copywritten it.....


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:grimmace: REEEEEMMIIIIIIIX!

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That'll be 8 cents please. See now people know it's not the original version :lol:


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