Copyright Registration of Songs, Music and Lyrics
About Copyright Registration:
Copyright exists the moment a piece of music, a song or lyric is committed to any form of tangible media. For example; recorded on a CD or other recording media including a computer hard drive, Written, printed or in manuscript form. However, once you have created your work and believe it has a commercial value then it is important you take appropriate steps to protect it by ensuring rightful ownership has been documented and all rights have been attributed to the legal copyright owner.
The best and most effective way of protecting your work is to register your copyrights with a reputable copyright organization or agency.
Are you a citizen or subject of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Japan, The EU, or a person ordinarily residing in any of the following?
- A country that is a signatory or has ratified The Berne Convention (This covers approximately 97% of all countries) You can check your countries status here
- A country that recognises and upholds the principles of the Universal Copyright Convention
- A signatory of the Rome Convention (for sound recordings, performer's performances),
- Or a country that is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO):
If You can answer yes to any of the statements above, you can register your songs, music and lyrics with the Global Copyright Registration Office.
Registration of Your Songs and Lyrics:
All works are registered through the "Songrite Copyright Office" who are an internationally respected copyright registration service specialising in songs and lyrics. Songrite are leaders in the field of international copyright registration.
This copyright service is used by both professional and aspiring songwriters and composers to register and securely store copies of their original songs, music and lyrics. (Songwriters and composers deposit copies of their work as legal evidence and proof of copyright ownership)
The Global Copyright Office is based in the United Kingdom and deals exclusively with music-based copyrights including lyrical works.
Some countries have no provision for registering copyrights and can offer no alternative other than the futile exercise of “poor man’s copyright”. If a dispute of copyright ownership or an infringement should occur the ability to provide absolute proof of ownership acceptable in a court of law is essential, unfortunately within the realms of the legal world "poor man's copyright" does not provide this requisite proof of ownership
A certificate of registration provides solid proof and acts as legal evidence to support the named claimant as the registered copyright owner of the work as described upon the said certificate. (as from the date of registration). This unequivocal evidence can be used in a court of law to support your claim should a dispute or an infringement occur. We also retain backup copies of your work that are time stamped as from the date of registration.
Registration, however, is no guarantee against infringement. The Copyright Office is not responsible for policing, or checking on registered works and their use, and will not guarantee that the legitimacy of ownership or originality in a work will never be questioned
Do it Yourself Protection:
The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself in a sealed envelope or package is often referred to as “poor man’s copyright.” This "do it yourself" method of "copyrighting" is simple to by-pass and defraud which renders it totally unreliable and unacceptable as proof of ownership in a court of law.
There is no provision in the text of international copyright law that recognises “poor man’s copyright” as a viable alternative to registration. Placing trust in “poor man’s copyright” to protect your work is not only misguided but foolhardy and will surely result in your loss and disappointment if ever put to the test.
Copyright Registration will help establish a true and lasting record of rightful ownership.
Safeguarding Personal Information:
Protecting your privacy is important to us. We do not share, sell or exchange names email addresses or any other personally identifying information about our members or clients to any other organisation or agency.
The information that you disclose to The Global Copyright Registration Office as a member or a postal client, is stored on our servers in a password-protected, personal account. To ensure maximum security, we use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology and data encryption software, to provide secure communication over the Internet. The SSL is engaged during any interaction in which you enter personal information. All information is stored behind a secure computer firewall, a barrier that prevents outsiders from accessing our servers. Privacy:
The information that you disclose to Songrite Copyright Registration Office as a member or a postal client, is stored on our servers in a password-protected, personal account. To ensure maximum security, we use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology and data encryption software, to provide secure communication over the Internet. The SSL is engaged during any interaction in which you enter personal information. All information is stored behind a secure computer firewall, a barrier that prevents outsiders from accessing our servers. Privacy:
The information contained within this site is offered as a consideration to visitors and at no time should the information be construed as legal advice; for all legal matters, we encourage our clients to seek the assistance of an attorney. The Copyright Office is not responsible for policing, or checking on registered works and their use, and cannot guarantee that the legitimacy of ownership or originality in a work registered by Songrite will never be questioned.
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