THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF HOW TO PROTECT YOUR MUSIC...
STEP - 2
PROTECT YOUR SONGS, BEATS, MUSIC, PUBLISHING, WRITING, ADMINISTRATION & MECHANICALS
FIRST, YOU MUST FILE THE PA (Performing Arts) form when you’re the songwriter and SECOND, YOU MUST FILE YOUR SR (Sound Recording) form when you finish your production on your song before you give it out or put it online and /or release it comercially!
It’s imperative to copyright your music, beat, lyrics and melody immediately! Before you give out a CD or put it on the Internet we cannot emphasize this enough!
Register Electronically with Copyright Office (eCO). This includes facebook, Myspace, You Tube or anywhere someone can listen, download, buy or stream your music.
Here’s how; type in or click the following URL – http://www.copyright.gov/forms/ THIS IS WHERE YOU BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO PROTECT WHAT YOU HAVE CREATED MUSICALLY!
Look for the following file titles or simply click on the following the hyperlinks here (tutorial, FAQ, or the actual Form: eCO Tutorial, eCO FAQs , eCO Acceptable File Types, eCO Tips this will not only help you understand what you need to know but more importantly how to get it done the right way to protect you and your music, lyrics, melody, writing, publishing, mechanicals and administration. You will need Adobe Reader or Power Point to view it. If you don’t have Adobe Reader you can download from this link: http://get.adobe.com/reader/ And Adobe Reader is free!
Create your account at the Copyright Office through ECO (Electronic Copyright Office) http://www.copyright.gov/eco/notice.html and begin to file your work electronically online at the Copyright Office located in Washington DC. Now you have officially initiated the first step to protect your songs.
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