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

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  1. JoeYello

    JoeYello Member

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    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?
     
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  2. freedom's door

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    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.
     
  3. MikeFM

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  5. MikeFM

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    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!
     
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    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.
     
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  7. GulfportBound

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    Anything I write, I copyright, no matter what.
     
  8. ChampReverb

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    At what point?

    Melody and chords?
    Melody, chords and lyrics?

    I write a lot of music and wonder if I should copyright it before sending it to a potential lyric writer.

    -bEn r.
     
  9. rhinocaster

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    I just write, perform and record it.

    I worried about it 25 years ago but not at this point.
     
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    Agreed, I'd just be flattered now.
     
  11. Ryno1331

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    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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