Do you copyright your songs before releasing them to the public?

JoeYello

Supporting Member
I was wondering if any of the song writers on TGP are still submitting their songs for copyrights? I have done it in the past but not sure if I should bother going through the process anymore.

I am by no means a professional song writer but some of my songs have found their way onto internet radio and a bit of FM air play, so they are out there.

What do you all think?
 
If you are writing "songs" with vocal parts, then think it's a good idea to copyright them.

If you're creating instrumental music then maybe not so much.

I say this because i think there is more of a chance of the former being plagiarized or ripped off.
 

MikeFM

Member
If you are writing "songs" with vocal parts, then think it's a good idea to copyright them.

If you're creating instrumental music then maybe not so much.

I say this because i think there is more of a chance of the former being plagiarized or ripped off.
I totally disagree. People steal people's beats and rhythms more often than full songs. And melodies are easier to copyright. Or at least, to prove in court.
 
I totally disagree. People steal people's beats and rhythms more often than full songs. And melodies are easier to copyright. Or at least, to prove in court.
Except that (to my knowledge) you can't copyright a beat or rhythm. Or else Led Zep wool have been sued when Bonham used that Purdie shuffle for Fool In The Rain.
Just like you can't copyright a chord progression.

Sampling is a different story, if you're ripping off someone else's recording.
 

MikeFM

Member
Except that (to my knowledge) you can't copyright a beat or rhythm. Or else Led Zep wool have been sued when Bonham used that Purdie shuffle for Fool In The Rain.
Just like you can't copyright a chord progression.

Sampling is a different story, if you're ripping off someone else's recording.
Right that's what I mean. But you can copyright instrumental music, so in either case I think it's likely a good case to copyright your music just to be safe. And yeah, I would love to have that Fool in the Rain drum beat in my arsenal. And I don't even write rock music!
 
Right that's what I mean. But you can copyright instrumental music, so in either case I think it's likely a good case to copyright your music just to be safe. And yeah, I would love to have that Fool in the Rain drum beat in my arsenal. And I don't even write rock music!
I agree. We should probably copyright the instrumental stuff, especially if as you said, there is a strong melody present. Satriani suing Coldplay is a perfect example of that (I think)

In truth, I guess it is always better to be safe than sorry, and pay the small fee to have your stuff copyrighted.
 

Ryno1331

Supporting Member
I only would if:

1) I thought it was good enough to be used for public consumption and

2) you're willing to drop the money on an attorney if that situation ever arose.
 


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