How To CopyRight

With some tips!!!!






So your friends and you have come up with a song. But What now?

Do you know where to have it recorded?

What about Copyrighting?

Cd Duplication?

Promotion and Shows?


Here's somethings you need to know about getting started in selling your music!


Write and learn your music.

The best thing you can do for your band and yourself is to know your songs before you pay for studio time. The less time you have to take re-recording a track the cheaper it will be, but dont just speed though the song either. You want the best for your money and paying studio fees can be costly so go in knowing what you want and how you are going to do it.


Try a Demo?

Now a days most bands/groups have someone they know with a home studio, its a easy way to show a producer what kind of sound you want before you walk into a pro-studio.


Finding a Recording Studio?

Around our town in Alton, IL. we have a few Recording Studios such as Light House Studios.

Always shop around and listen to some of the music they have recorded before to make sure its a producer/studio that will suit your needs.


What are Copyrights Defined:

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    the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.

    a particular literary, artistic, or musical work that is covered by copyright.


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    protected by copyright.

    "permission to reproduce photographs and other copyright material"


verb: copyright; 3rd person present: copyrights; past tense: copyrighted; past participle: copyrighted; gerund or present participle: copyrighting

  1. 1.

    secure copyright for (material)





How To Copyright..


Where can I find more info?


Where Can I find a Copyright form for Music?

Registrations for sound recordings should be addressed to:
Library of Congress
Copyright Office- SR
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20559-6000

1. Prepare to begin the process

First, you'll want to compile all of your related music materials in clean and clear formats. Have your song info, split sheets, MP3s, lyrics, and any other important documents readily available. Then head on over to the official US copyright website at to get started filling out the basic information to submit your copyright online.

2. Fill out the online form

Make sure you set aside some quiet time to work through all of these forms carefully. The eCo site will bring you through several pages of questions in order to file your copyright. Starting with creating your own account, register a new claim. After that, the next page will help confirm that you've chosen the correct application to fill out, followed by a series of yes/no questions indicating whether or not your work qualifies for the standard application process. Next, you'll select your type of work, and enter titles, publication status, author info, claimant info, rights and permissions, correspondence contact, and mailing address. Finally, it's time to certify and review your application!

3. Make your payment

This next step will take you to a separate website to collect your payment. Payments are accepted in the form of either credit card or ACH. The cost is currently $55 per song registration through the standard song recording app. Though it might seem like a bit much at first glance, remember that wouldn't even buy you an hour of time getting advice from a lawyer if you had to go to court over a copyright infringement violation, so better to be safe than sorry!

4. Submit your supplemental materials

Once payment has been confirmed, it's time to send in your song materials. Accepted file formats are clearly listed, so just make sure to follow the directions! Upload electronic copies of your work here, and make sure to wait until everything has loaded completely and successfully before you click through to the last step.

5. Receive your digital and hard-copy confirmations

Once you send everything in online, you'll receive immediate confirmation of the receipt of your files. Then you can typically expect the hard copies to come in the mail within the next six months or so. But fret not, my friends – you are uber-protected from the moment you submitted your digital files online!

6. Still have more questions?

Check out this page. You can also view the eCo's own tutorial PowerPoint detailing each step further here, or call the office directly for any other specific questions at (877) 476-0778.