Did you know when songwriters write songs, the songs are automatically copyrighted as soon as they are in a recording form or printed sheet music? Did you also know as a songwriter, you’re owed money whenever the music you’ve written is purchased, streamed, covered, played on the radio, performed in public, heard on YouTube, sampled, sold as sheet music, or used as the soundtrack to a film, TV show, commercial, video game, or presentation?
Yes, it's true your songs are copyrighted the minute they are written, recorded or on printed sheet music. There is another step that can be taken to assure that your song is rightfully yours and to avoid future legal problems; that step is to register the song here http://www.copyright.gov. Make sure you do a little more research to get all the facts and make sure you complete the proper forms to make sure you've registered your song properly.
There are a lot of elements to publishing. It is a very complicated subject but is worth you taking time to learn more. We will cover more aspects of publishing in future blogs.