Music Copyright. What a Songwriter Needs To Know
Music Copyright Protection - Tips for Songwriters
Wondering how to copyright protect the music you've written? You're not alone. One of the most popular musician articles on CleverJoe.com is part of a series written by Austin Smith, a Canadian songwriter who is doing it for real in Nashville, Tennessee. Yes, it is possible to make a living as a songwriter. Austin is an old friend of CleverJoe's, and Joe is happy to be able share his musician articles about songwriting, publishing and copyright protection. Dig in:
After my last column, entitled "Songwriting, Music Publishing, and Other Anomalies", I received lots of e-mails from folks with questions about various aspects of this business of songwriting. Since the questions that some of you posed were ones that anyone interested in pursuing a career in songwriting has at one time or another asked themselves, I thought it would be a good idea to address some of those questions in this column. Sound good?
All right, here we go...
Copyright protecting your music for use on the web
One e-mail I got was from a writer whose band was looking into putting samples of their songs on their own website. One of his bandmates was concerned about the possibility of someone ripping off their songs if they put them out over the Web like that, into infinity. He wanted to know if the band should 'copyright' the songs first, not put them on the Web at all, or what? Well, I gotta tell you. I think this is a great question and one a lot of people have pondered since the Internet became such an integral part of our culture. It can be a great promotional tool, but it has also opened up a brand new can of potential copyright infringement worms.
For more of Austin's musician articles for songwriters, see:
- Confessions of a songwriter
Join Austin on his strange but true songwriter's musical trek.
- How Music Publishing Works
What songwriters need to know.
- Music Publishers
How to get a good music publisher.
- Writing Lyrics For A Living
Can you really?
- Music Copyright Laws: How to use cover song versions legally
- CleverJoe's Main Musician Articles page