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Why Should I Copyright My Music or Beats? Quite simply it put, it protects you if someone was to steal your songs or beats and claim them ...

Why Should I Copyright My Music or Beats?


Quite simply it put, it protects you if someone was to steal your songs or beats and claim them as their own or if they were to use your music or beats without your permission.

In other words, If you don't copyright your music and beats you won't really have much to stand on if someone does steal them and use them without getting your permission.




Do I Have To Copyright Each Song / Beat Individually?


As far as I understand it, you are allowed to submit entire albums of songs or beats.

How Do I Copyright My Music & Beats?


There are two ways in which you can register copyright for your music & beats. You can either register copyright online, or offline with paper forms.

Online
You can register copyright online by using the Electronic Copyright Office website.

The benefits of registering online are:
- Lower filing fee of $35.
- Faster processing time.
- Track the status of your copyright registration.
- Securely pay then and their using your credit or debit card, electronic check, or deposit into the Copyright Office deposit account.
- Upload your files straight away after you've paid.
- You can file your registration 24 hours a day. Regular maintenance is carried out every Sunday from 12:00 midnight to 6:00am Eastern Time, during which the service may not be available.

You should note that there are a couple of file restrictions in place.

File Size:
There is no specific file size limit, but it is set to timeout after 60 minutes.

According to the Copyright.gov website this is equivalent to 11.3 MB on a 56 kb/s Modem or 170 MB on a 2 MB/s Fiber Optic Cable.

File Types:
The main file types that you are concerned with are mp3, wav, zip, and rar are allowed, but there are some which are, here you can view a list of allowed file types.

Copyright.gov provides a few useful documents to make the registration as easy as possible for you.
I have attached:
copyright-tips-102011.pdf (October 2011) - I would read this first, it's quick overview of preparing to register, submitting, uploading and mailing.
copyright-eco-tutorial-102011.pdf (October 2011) - This is a complete tutorial which goes through the full process of registering copyright.

I would advise you download the latest versions of the above files from Copyright.gov.

You may also want to look at the Copyright.gov FAQ.

To get started register your music / beats for copyright protection.

Offline
The current fee to register using offline paper forms is $65, which you can pay by check or money order.

The form you need to use is the Sound Recordings (SR) form, which is attached:
copyright-formsr-102011.pdf (October 2011)

To be sure you have the latest version download it from Copyright.gov.

You can also request paper copies to be mailed to you.

Once you have filled in the form burn your music / beats to a CD and post it to the Copyright Office at:
U.S. Copyright Office
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20559-6000

I would recommend that you use a recorded delivery service so you know that they have received your completed form and CD fine.

If you would like to track the status or have any questions you can call them TOLL FREE on 1-877-476-0778 or (202) 707-3000.

There are also a number of other forms available which can be used for copyrighting Literacy, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Single Serials.

Note that I am not a lawyer, and the information presented here has been gathered from the U.S. Copyright Office website, for the purpose of giving you a quick guide on how to copyright your music and beats. I would always recommend that you get the latest information from them.

FETTY WAP - OFFICIAL DRUM KIT

 
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