Why you should register your copyrights

If you have created original music or lyrics you automatically own the copyrights the moment it is put into a
tangible form. However if there is ever a dispute as to the ownership of the original work, copyright registration
will make it easer to protect yourself against infringement.


How to register your copyrights

Copyright forms are available from the United States Copyright Office.The easiest way to register is to go the
website. Forms are available online by going to
www.copyright.gov.

Using The Right Form

Make sure you choose the appropriate form. In this case, if you want to register your copyrights for music,
make sure you choose the SR forms for sound recording.


For questions regarding copyrigts or alternative methods of registering you may call:

Phone: (202) 707-5959 or 1-877-476-0778 (toll free)
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday to Friday

Copyrighting tips
*If you have several songs that you want to copyright you can send them as a collection. This will eliminate
extra filing fees.

* when registering online, beware of "copyright companies" that invite you to to use their service to get your
copyrights registered. While their service may be legitimate, it will only add an extra unecessary cost to the
process.
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