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Music Copyright Course For Beginners - Learn The Basics of Copyright (Module 1)

teacher avatar Joseph Evans, Make Better Music Now: Follow Me

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. What is copyright?

    • 3. Where to register

    • 4. Before getting started

    • 5. Creating a new account

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About This Class

If you're worried about releasing your music because you don't understand how to properly copyright and protect your work then please continue reading.

We have all heard of the horror stories of musicians who have had their music stolen and were unfortunately not properly acknowledged nor paid. Don't let that be you!

In this first Module you will be learning the basics of copyright and how to create an account with the US Copyright Office

This information will help

  • Give you peace of mind
  • Protect your music
  • Handle your business like a boss
  • Get you properly paid or compensated for your work if its stolen 

Check out what current students are saying

"This section of the course was very well explained." - David Gakin

"There's nothing fun about copyrighting your work except for the end result, and Joseph helped me get there as quickly and painlessly as possible. Quick, understandable, and to the point. What more could you need for this type of thing? Thanks, Joseph!" - Faris Monshi

"This isn't the most popular topic but an absolutely necessary one to tackle for all serious music producers and artists. The course gets straight to the point with a no non-sense approach. Everything is explained well and is easily understood. Thanks for this course EvaJ! This course is highly re-commend for anyone who is looking to copyright their musical works. The "tutorial documents" available on copyright(.)gov seems so complicated compared to Joseph's course. He keeps everything simple and easy to follow. One thing I did notice is you forgot to block out/blur your address in lecture 12, you might want to to something about that." - Al Laguna

Stop worrying about your music and take the necessary steps to properly cover yourself!

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Joseph Evans

Make Better Music Now: Follow Me



Hey what's up!

Welcome to my SkillShare course page.

If you are new to Music Production... then this is the perfect place to start!!


I have taught over 20,000 producers and hobbyist around the world in over 100 countries how to: 

Get started making beats Produce music in Logic Pro X and GarageBand Understand Music Theory & Drum Programming Copyright and license your music And more....

All of my courses are designed to help BEGINNERS quickly and effectively learn music production.

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Image what you will now be able to do after improving your music production skills and learning how to operate and make beats in GarageBand and Logic Pro X!!

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1. Welcome: be making basis. So what's going on? Welcome to the course. My name is Joseph Evans. I'm gonna be your instructor. And I really just wanted to introduce myself and introduced the course material, so stay tuned. All right. Now again, My name is Joseph Evans have been producing music for several years, and I was once in your shoes, someone who wanted to release my music to the public, put it online, soundcloud you to whatever. But I was concerned about If I do this, who is going to take my music? Because people are doing in our days? I mean, is this how it works? Man? People try to steal your music, get over. But you have to have your business. And that's what this course is all about. Making sure you have properly handle your business. So if someone does, if someone does, you can take them on the court and actually win that case. Okay, so what we're gonna be doing in the course is step by step going through us. Copyright die Gove. So us copyright dot gov is the premier site for registering your music and protecting it simply because you're registering your music with the government, okay? And so what is going to do is not only protect your music in the United States, but also throughout the world. So doesn't matter what country you're in. Your music will be protected legally once she registered your music on the site. And so what we're gonna be doing throughout this course again, the first section I'm It's gonna pretty much be covering the basics of what copyright is, what's what what works and what doesn't. And then we're gonna be talking about in the second section about the site how to register your music. There's a lot of different. I would call the nuances and the site or different drop down windows, and it could be confusing at first. If you try to do it on your own, I'm gonna be walking you step by step, do what everything is. Step one, step two. Step three set for etcetera. OK, all the way through with the whole process. There is a basic fee disassociated with copyrighting your music or registered your music on this site. But it's a small, nominal fee, and the cool thing about it is you can register multiple works in one claim. Okay, So say if you make beats or you fear a producer or composer and you have 20 tracks that you will need to get copyrighted, you can put that all on one claim. So the little fee of, say, $55 is not gonna really be that big of a hit compared to if you were doing that for East Track. And I'm explain all those type of things like this in the course. So without further do, go ahead and go to the course. And if you have any questions along the way, please ask them. I'm here for you. And also make sure that you leave a review. I want to know what to do to improve this course are I want to know what I'm doing right? And the other students that are potentially going to be going into this course want to know that as well. So please go ahead and do that. And I'll see you in the next lectures to come. Thanks 2. What is copyright?: be making basis. All right, so in this lecture, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna walk out, do step by step. What copyrighting actually is what it is and was not okay, we're gonna talk. Also talk about poor man's copyright and also the importance of us copyright, not golf. So let's talk about what copyright is. Copyright is simply put based on US copyright laws on universal copyright laws. And based on the, you know, official definitions from sites like Wikipedia dot com. Copyright in means that your music is protected once you finish creating it. Okay, Once is in a finished format, your music is 100% copyrighted and created. Okay, So say if you're a producer or your artists or a songwriter and you write a song and you record that song and you know, you bounce it down to a in Petri away foul once you do that, the music is 100% protected in his copyrighting. Okay, the problem comes in the process of proving that you are the copyright owner, okay? And so that's why the people have had problems with doing that, say through poor man's copyright, or do other means okay, and that's the importance of using US copyright dot gov. Okay, now let's talk about poor man's copyright real quick. Now, Poor man's copyright is the process of taking your music and burn it onto a CD, or you can even do it through email. But you basically mel it to yourself. Okay, so you take your music, put it on CD and melons to yourself. The problem with that is on. And, of course, you have to put in a sealed envelope and don't open it. The problem with it is, this doesn't always stand up in court. As you know, there's a lot of different lawyers out there that can get around different loopholes and things of that nature is so I would not recommend relying on the poor man's copyright before you know a silent way to protect your music. The best way to protect your music or to prove that you are the copyright owner OK is too. Register your music with US. Copyright Daigo. It's an official site. It is a standard in the music industry globally, and, um, you registered your music with the government. The government ain't going nowhere, so that's where you can know. Hey, this is going to your records and your foul. They're gonna be safe with the government, okay? And so that's what this course is all about is showing you step by step, how to register your music with the government in the course. What we're gonna be doing is I actually have a CD are a project that I'm released its called Diamond and Angels is a producer Beat tape, if you will, or instrumental album. And I released it on iTunes, Amazon, etcetera, etcetera. And I just wanted to show you life how to really copyright a project. And that's what we're going to doing the projects In the course you're gonna see me copy Great Diamonds and Angels, my instrumental album. And so along the way, if you have questions about anything, let me know. I hope you thoroughly understand copyrighting. There's also a pdf that goes over everything. I was just explaining about what copyright is poor man's copyright and the importance of using us copyright dot gov. So what are further do Let's go ahead and jump into the meat of the course. Okay, I'll see you in the next lectures piece 3. Where to register: be making basis. All right, so now let's talk about how to actually register your work. All right? You worked really hard in the studio to create whatever type of music you creating. It doesn't matter what genre it is. It doesn't matter if he was just beats. It doesn't matter if you'll just songs, whatever. You can get it registered, and I'm gonna show you how to do it right now. Now, if you go to Google and type in US copyright, this is gonna pull out right here. And, um, copyright dot gov is the authority for copyrighting your music or registering your music, so to speak. Okay, because they're not like like we discussed in the last lecture. He means already copyright. But this is how you registry. So it doesn't matter if you're located in United States or from a different country. All right, this is gonna cover you because, um, actually, what happened is that they have a bunch of different loss. They have international laws, They have laws here in United States, and they've come together. They put together treaties and different things like that. And so you're covered is long as you have your music registered. All right. Is this this insurance stressed What I'm saying here, you could do your own research as you want, but that's that's that's from my research. So you click here you copyright dot gov. All right. And this is where this is. This is your authority. This is You're a sight to get any type of music that you want copyrighted. You can contact him to directly. You can read different articles and publications you could look at, you know, different laws and different regulations here. Different news was going on. And hearme or about the company. All right. And Alexis, next lecture. We're gonna go ahead and get started and actually creating an account so you can actually go ahead and do this at will whenever you want to. You want to be able to copyright your music. You don't have todo start the process over again. So to speak is easy to get it going. So that's what we're doing. The next lecture 4. Before getting started: be making basis. Now, after you have registered an account with copyright dot golf, what you're gonna want to do is go ahead and log in. And this is the what you're going to see when you log in here. I'm gonna show you around and just let you know some things you have to do before you can get really get started doing this of real simple. The first thing you need to do is make sure that your pop up, um, Papa windows are enabled. Okay? Because in order to submit music online or electronic Lee, they're gonna sit. You're gonna to have a pop. What window's gonna pop up? And if you have stuff blocked when you're trying to do this process is going to prevent you from actually getting this thing done Is going to cause problems in the long run. When you're doing this fouling process, it's kind of kind of frustrate you. So this go up to like if you use a safari. Now, if you use a different Web browser is essentially the same. But I'm just gonna show you on on safari, go up to safari, click here. You're going to scroll down to preferences. All right, You have all these different tabs, but you're what you're gonna want to do is go to privacy, All right? And what you're gonna want to do is make sure that cookies and Web site data is you know, you allow from content website on Lee or say always allow, okay? Always allow. If you have always black, then what is gonna do is on block plot pop ups. You don't want to do that because again is gonna you know, after you finish everything finished, registering your claim is gonna didn't ask you to pay. And after you pay is gonna ask you to actually upload your music and his papa winner's gonna come up. And if you have that done, you know, if you have that, um, I don't have this selected. So cause problems with your copyright clean this, Trust me. I've done it before and is messed up stuff. And anyway, this Make sure you have this selected always allow or you could say, allow from current website only. All right, but I always put always allowed this in case there's some type of issue. All right, so now this as you can see. It's really self explanatory. You could check your registration case status. Here. You can open up cases. Look at working cases. Check out all your cases. All right, This is where you're gonna be actually fouling. You claim you can do a registered claim. Nurses a new clain register. You know, pre register a claim register group claim etcetera, etcetera. Use a template. You have additional copyright services. Ask questions, re circulars, etcetera. All right. Now, in the next lecture, we're gonna actually go through the steps of actually registering a claim on this site. 5. Creating a new account: be making basis. All right, so now in this lecture, I'm gonna show you how to actually create an online or electronic copyright account or copyright office account. Okay, It's simple. Once you go sue copyright dot gov If you're gonna scroll down here to register a copyright , all right is right here. Click there. And the next thing a C is this log into E C O. Which stands for electronic copy. Right office. Okay. You want to create your own account under here, Click log in, and you're gonna see this screen. Okay, um, whenever you after you have created your account, all you have to do is look, put your user name your password in, and you can get into your counter any time and see every different, you know, claim that you fouled in the site. All right, but if you're new to this school right here, and it's like, select this option. If you are a new user, click here to register. All right, now, this is pretty much self explanatory. You're gonna go through this, enter everything in one thing I want you to keep in mind. Is your password. Okay? I'm a click on that. I want you to look at the requirements here because if you don't fulfill requirements, decision on A, you know, get you frustrated because you keep on trying to fill out everything and then you're gonna keep on having a refill out everything cause it's gonna erase everything and make you start over again if you don't get your right password in. So make sure that you have all of the minimum requirements. OK, this is for the Library of Congress Password policy requirements is for Elektronik copyright office system. So make sure you pay attention to this. It has to be eight characters. Long consist of a lease to Alfa characters. One number one special character. Okay, a lot of times, you know, saying an email address might be good for this because a lot of times we put underscoring there. Sometimes we put numbers and our email address. Sometimes we put our you know, different things. So you have to think creatively. What will be a good copyright password following all these guidelines are not going to touch every single one. This is something that you can actually click on and do yourself. But I want you to keep that in mind after you do that, then you're gonna see you see a screen for you to put your address. Okay, You're going to put that in there. You can also scroll down and put your country okay. And so that's why I said, this is an international site. Although it's there's us because we're connected, um, internationally do different treaties and different regulations, etcetera, etcetera. Okay, so after you have your your your your your ah, your your information filled out, then you can log it here at whatever time you want to file a claim. Okay, so your assignment is is to actually go online to copyright dot gov And go ahead and feel out your own or register your own account online. That's the first step is making progress. Let's get it