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Copyright: What’s Mine is (Officially) Mine!

April 12, 2010 2 comments

 

You know what this means - HANDS OFF!

 

Exciting news on digital front! My songs are now protected by the U.S. Copyright Office. Over the weekend, I submitted all of the recordings from the last two albums (plus a handful of others) for official protection.

It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time but have been putting off; it seemed daunting, what with federal forms, fees, etc. But I finally started doing some research and it turned out to be pretty simple.

Musicians can copyright many works under a single copyright. A handy electronic upload feature at the federal copyright office Web site, www.copyright.gov, expedites the process. Cost? For $35, I now have the legal copyright on almost 30 tunes. When I get another group of ten or so, I’ll file again and so on.

Chances are I’ll never need the copyright. But $35 is pretty cheap insurance, just in case. Because it is the federal government, the Web site warns that it “can take as long as 22 months” for them to respond and mail you your official paperwork. (Apparently, the U.S. Senate can pass a health care reform bill in the time it takes for the Copyright office to acknowledge that, yes, I wrote some songs.) But the copyright is effective from the date the office receives the application and processing fee.

So my songs are officially my songs, now. Yeah! To celebrate, why not listen to Fossils, the title track from my summer, 2009 release?

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Rock on!

C

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