Copyrighting Songs Music and Lyrics. 


Registering the copyright of your work:


Usually there will be more than one copyright associated with a song. If you are the composer of the music you will be the author of the musical work and will have copyright in that music. The lyrics of a song are protected separately by copyright as a literary work


The Global Copyright Office in conjunction with Songrite Copyright Office offers a secure and dependable copyright registration service. This service is backed up and reinforced by the combined knowledge and experience gained from many years of serving the needs of songwriters and composers.


Songwriters and composers world-wide can expect reliability and integrity coupled with low-costs when registering the copyrights of their songs, music or lyrics. Free and impartial advice from a copyright consultant on all copyright issues is also an integral part of the copyright service offered by The Global Copyright Office.


What happens when you register your work?


Each registered song or lyric is entered onto our Copyright Registration Database and the claimants·are issued with an individually numbered and digitally signed Copyright Certificate © which includes all the registered details of their work


All registered songs and lyrics are securely stored at two separate locations and backed by our unique "Authors Secure Storage Contract".

Copyright registration of songs, music and lyrics is a simple process and by far the most effective method of protecting your work.


Composers of music may also have moral rights in their work:  


Copyright is like any form of physical property in that you can buy it, sell it, inherit or otherwise transfer it, wholly or in part. Therefore, some or all of the economic rights may subsequently belong to someone other than you, the first owner. 


Copyright applies to a musical composition when it is set down in permanent form, either by writing it down or recording the work in a manner that is retrievable such as a hard disk on a computer, a CD or cassette tape etc. .


Economic Rights:


Bullet Economic rights give the copyright owner the opportunity to make commercial gain from the exploitation of his/her work. Copyright owners generally have the right to authorise or prohibit any of the following things in relation to their works:


Bullet Copying the work in any way. For example, photocopying, reproducing a printed page by handwriting, typing or scanning into a computer, and taping live or recorded music are all forms of copying; Issuing copies of the work to the public :


Bullet Renting or lending copies of the work to the public. However, some lending of copyright works falls within the Public Lending Right Scheme such as libraries and this lending does not infringe copyright:


Bullet Performing, showing or playing the work in public. Obvious examples are performing plays and music, playing sound recordings and showing films or videos in public, letting a broadcast be seen or heard in public also involves performance of music and other copyright material contained in the broadcast:


Bullet Broadcasting the work or other communication to the public by electronic transmission. This includes putting copyright material on the internet or using it in an on demand service where members of the public choose the time that the work is sent to them:


Bullet Making an adaptation of the work, such as by translating a literary or dramatic work, transcribing a musical work and converting a computer program into a different computer language or code.


Heading_icon Copyright Infringements:


Copyright is infringed when any of the above acts are done without permission, whether directly or indirectly and whether the whole or a substantial part of a work is used, unless what is done falls within the scope of exceptions to copyright permitting certain minor uses.


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