Note: All forms must be printed on front and back of 1 piece of paper.
NOTE: You must have Adobe reader to view copyright files (click here to get it)
When you create a song for someone you will want to register your song with the U.S. Copyright office in Washington, D.C.
1. You and another person creates a song. One person writes the lyrics and the other does the music. You both will need to use 1form called form PA (click here to download the form with instructions included)
2. You and other people creates a song. everyone writes the lyrics and the music. You all will need to use 1form called form PA (click here to download the form with instructions included)
NOTE: If you create many songs together, you can use 1 copyright form as long as the same people created all of lyrics and/or music.
3. You create a song by yourself, both the song lyrics and music, you can use Short form PA (click here to download the form)
4. Whenever you record a song in a recording studio the studio has a right to use a form SR for your song because they will own the right for Sound Recording. A sound recording is the mixing, breaks, effects and everything the studio does to make your song ready for the general public.
However, if you don't want the studio to have any rights to sound recordings, you would have to record your song somewhere else and the new studio will have to re record your song but they will then have sound recording rights.
If you record your song in your own studio or if you engineer and mix your own song in any studio, you will own all rights to the sound recording. (click here to download for SR with instructions)
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