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#202194 04/26/05 02:24 AM
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Ok folks,
I have a question and would REALLY appreciate it if you answered it.

When is a song ready to be copyrighted? Does it have to be completely finished like, not just melody and words but all background instruments etc?

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Melody and Chord Progression is all I think you need. Actually all you need is the melody. But that usually goes hand in hand with a chord progression.

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Hi All,
If you have the instructions to the PA form or the PA Short form it gives some direction. If you can sing a song onto tape or CD with or without accompaniment and you can hear all the words and melody clearly that is all you need. I use cassette tapes I purchase for submissions with the labels made up with my address and copyright symbol on the label. I just add the song titles and send that with the copyright form. You do not need lyric sheets unless you just want to add them. It is all pretty easy. Be sure to sign the form before sending.


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Legally, copyright is vested at creation. As soon as you create anything original you own copyright to it.
I believe that you are asking about registration. These days registration is only necessary in order to sue for infringement.
A proper notice should be written on any paper, or tape copies of your work to warn folks that you own the work and are serious about protecting your creation.

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Not to split hairs, but I believe copyright occurs once you put your creation in a "fixed form." That would mean writing it down on paper or making a recording of it.


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