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Music Copyright Course For Beginners - How to Register Your Music (Module 2)

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

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Starting a new claim


    • 3.

      Type of work


    • 4.



    • 5.



    • 6.

      Limiting Your Claim


    • 7.

      Rights and coorespondence


    • 8.

      Making a payment


    • 9.

      Uploading your music


    • 10.

      Thank you


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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 second Module you will learn how to properly register your music 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 

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"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

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1. Welcome: be making basis. All right, so, so far, we've gone through what copyrighting is in this section. What we're gonna be doing is covering step by step house of registered your music with us. Copyright dog off. Okay, so go ahead, Bucky. Seatbelts were into for a tree. It may seem a little daunting because it's really just kind of methodical type stuff. You know, click here, click there. But I'm gonna try my best to make it Do you know, enthusiastic and keep your keep your attention throughout the way if you need to take a break and ask questions that also if you need to. I'm here for you. And I do want to also encourage you to please leave a review on the course. I want to know what I'm doing right. I want to know what I'm doing wrong. Leave a good review or a bad review. Whatever review you feel like the course is but based. Shouldn't you leave a review? Because it definitely helps with other students knowing you know, if this is a good course tonight and it also helps me to improve the course, I'm in the process of actually going through all my courses and improving them, revamping them and everything like that. And these reviews help me to do to know that. So you please leave a republic review on what you like or don't like, or you can inbox me. Onda also inbox me if you have questions. So I just want to go ahead and throw that out there and invite you to go ahead and go to the next lectures to come. I'm happy to teach this course and I'm happy that you here. I'll see you later. All right, Peace. 2. Starting a new claim: be making basis. Okay, so now what we're gonna do is I'm gonna show you exactly how to start registering your claim here. This is your first step is real simple. Under copyright registration. Go to register a new claim. All right, So you want to register a claim in three steps? All right, Israel, simple. You're gonna one complete an application and which is what we're doing now to make a payment and in three sin them a copy of your work. Okay? I'm not trying to overcomplicate this thing is real simple. All right, but let's look here, you know, depending on you know, if you have other people that you have the list on your copyright and all this different type of stuff, that's kind of the difficult part, but we're gonna go through that right now. So you want to answer these three questions now? I'm actually going to register an instrumental album that I'm produced right here in the course as we're going doing this and along the way, you know, I'm gonna give you different scenarios, as you know, say, if you were a songwriter or say if you were, you know, had another contributor. Say another producer worked with you, etcetera, etcetera. You know, I'm saying so. It is gonna be good for anybody who needs to get their music. Copyright. But you have these three questions here you click. Yes or no? Are you registering one work? OK, this is for you. You know, if you have a single and again we're just discourses specifically dealing with music. I'm not get going into poems, and I'm going to Illustrations are not going to amuse movies. This is about music. So I'm gonna talk with you specifically on that. Okay. So if if you're registering one work, you like a single, um, push. Yes. If you have, like, a collection of works which out with which is what I'm going to copyright is that if a full fledged album with 12 tracks, you gotta push. No. And yes, you can copy, write more songs at once, and this is great, especially for producers or even songwriters. Um, and it's a little different for songwriters. Mamta. I would copyright each song individually, but, um, you can do a group of work, okay? Like a body of work, like an album. And so for you producers out there. You have all these different beats. You can copyright a collection of works. Meaning you concoct right? Maybe 10 to 20 beats at a time for the for the price of $35 compared to copyrighting each beat. All right, so anyway, you want to select no next question. Are you the only author and, um, and owner of the work or the agent of the individual author who is also the only owner? All right, So this is this question is like, for instance, because I wrote and produced this this this instrumental album, I did all the music to it. I didn't hire any, you know, musicians or anything like that and nobody else is a part of my copyright. I'm going to select. Am I the only offer? Yes. Now, there are cases where you will collaborate with somebody, and you're gonna say no. Okay, but that's that's cool. You know this case? I'm not. I am the only owner. Excuse me. Now does the work you are sending contained material created Onley by this offer offer Check? No to this question. If the copy includes content or contributions by anyone else, says I am the only person who who's created this music. I'm gonna select. Yes, if I worked with anybody else on this particular project creatively. Okay. Did I will put No. All right. So I hope you have a firm grasp of these things. These three questions of what you would do after you, you know, select which one applies to your particular situation. Whether you're an artist's a songwriter or music producer or composer's last composer, you go way to start your registration in the next lecture. We're going to go over Samora. These different tips right here, Read these sections or links, okay? 3. Type of work: be making basis. All right, so in this lecture, we're gonna go over which type of work that you need to copy right now. If you look are here, there's different sections. It's real simple. Here. You can click on any of these sections to get, you know, this area is gonna let you know that you're in this right section, so make sure you, you know, under type of work. All right, now, this is very important to do the right type of work. Okay? Because, as it says in big role, big red letters, type of work cannot be changed after you click. Continue. All right, you click here for more information, but that just means that after you finish all this stuff and you found this claim, if you actually had the wrong thing selected Sorry, you're out of luck. All right. Now, the cool thing with this is you know, if you slay select right here, everything is going to be listed. Exactly what type of work you need to do. Like a debt. Definite, different definition on what this means. All right. Now, since this courses specifically dealing with music, I'm gonna go. I'm just gonna just go ahead and tell you what you're gonna want to slept. Sound recording, select sound recording for any type of music that you want to, you know, get copyrighted. Where's the song? Whether you're a songwriter, you know, saying and you know, as long as you have some type of recording, you can upload that recording. Then you wanted to select sour court. Enough is just lyrics. This is still the same thing. Okay, this is this is dealing with books, Literary work. Work is done with books. It's all about music. So anything music related is gonna be sound Recording another thing that people might be confused about. Say, if you're recording artists, you say OK, well, maybe I need to put it under work of performing arts. No, because I know you're gonna perform, but that doesn't mean that you're gonna register your music under performing arts. You know, make sure you do example quarters. So anyway, this make sure you select that and then click here. Why? Because it says click the box to confirm you have read the above description and selected the most appropriate type of work. Then you'll push continue 4. Titles: be making basis. All right, so now let's talk about listing the title of your work. Okay, is important, because when people pull this document, if need it, you need to be having have your stuff listed properly, so they know. Okay, this is this guy Song is under this album, etcetera. All of that. And in between. Okay, so the first thing you need to do is click on new. All right, so once you get to new, you have this section right here. Now, this looks like it's the simple section. And really, in all honesty is, but you have to understand the different dynamics of this. All right, so this is you have these different options here, tied over work, being registered previous, an alternative title title of a larger work, Siri's title contents title. All right, if you ever need to know in more detail what all of these are this click right here and voila. All this information right here is gonna put pop up. I'm gonna explain it for you in layman's terms, so you don't have to even think about it. I was gonna give you The answer is it's like an open book tests. Man would give you the answers right here, right now. So check this out. If you are releasing a single okay, then you're gonna do titled of a work being registered and that you're gonna write to entitle that single down. Okay. And this is, of course, if you own all of the rights to this particular music more on that later. All right? Or whatever. You own other music. This is what you were right down here. Okay? And this goes the same for a producer as well. If you have a beat, okay, you just have a one beat that. Your copyrighting you gun Put the title of the work being registered. All right, now this this, You also use this for an album title. All right, Now, if you just have an album like Formations, I'm go. I am producing and releasing an instrumental album called Diamonds and Angels. So I'm gonna put that down here and that that's that will be the title of my album. Now you say. Well, what about the tracks in the album? How would I list those you You list that by doing contents title and I'm gonna give you an exact A live example of what I mean and how to do that. Now you might say title of larger works and previous alternative title in Syria's title. Most of the time, we're pretty much not going to be dealing with that, Um but, you know, just to explain it in more detail again, you can go click on this title of works being registered and get a further understanding of when you use these. I'm just telling you, though, as as an independent creator, whether your producer with your artists were your songwriter or comp composer the majority of the time you're gonna be used either clicking right here for title of work being registered or contents title. So I'm gonna do this life for you to show you how to do this. All right. I have ah, my instrumental album Diamonds and Angels on the type that right here, Boom! I'm gonna go ahead and push Save now, once that's there is listed, you know, saying you could see the title to work his diamonds and angels its title work being registered. But I have 12 tracks or beats or compositions that are unending project that need to be listed to. So what I would do is I push new again. All right, I'll go to contents title, and I would begin putting the different names of the album there. All right, so one of them is anthropology. All right, so a copy and paste at for save, and you can see here that is listed Anthropology contents title. So this means this is the content of this title of work being registered. Okay. And I was going to keep on going down the list. Continents titles? No, my notes, big time budget and, well, a Okay. Now, you wouldn't list all of these like your titles all at once in under this. Like, I wouldn't come over here and copy and paste all my titles there because that's not the proper way to do it. You have to list each individual title, so people know. All right. What is this? This They noted this is an individual track, Okay? They notices an individual track. You gotta make sure that your title type is selected to so continous title. Boom, boom bone. I was trying to move a little faster here and a quicker way to do this. Just copy it, paste it and then just delete all the stuff I've suffered. The one I want. Bam. Okay, it might seem tedious, but the true for the matter is you know, this is this is the necessary steps that you must take. You must understand that when you own a copyright, it's like you own a business. Each song is his individual business. To be honest with you, I know that sounds crazy, but that's the truth, man, I you know, you know, you gotta understand you how much power you now have when you're able to create a body of work or anything, for that matter. So you just make sure that everything said okay, this is content title. This is this, you know, make sure everything is lined out. Write properly. All right, So now, after you have read, like, listed all of the you know, you listed your album, you restrict your your contents that are gonna be in the album. You're good to go again. If you wanted to change the name of any of the tracks, shouldn't come in here and go to your edit button and do that or whatever or something is misspelled. You could make the adjustments. Or if you really removing tracks from that particular album, um, you can do a day or two, but after you do that, you just push, continue and you'll be ready to go forest your titles, all right. 5. Authors: be making basis. All right, so now let's to go over how to list the offer. Authors. Okay, any authors of this particular copyright? Now, again, in this example that we're doing life? I'm a producer, and I'm produced an instrumental album. OK, so I own all the copyrights of it. I'm the author. I didn't have any external help on the actual creation of everything. So this makes this copyright claim easy, you know? Saying so what I would do is come, are here. Push new, and I would write my name here. Now, let me just display some Onley, right? And only pick one of these. You see, I says or right here don't do both. I did both one time on a copy on a copyright, and it came back months later with the issue. And so I wasted the money on it because I didn't meet the deadline and everything like that , and it was a big, big thing here. The only time you're gonna put your organization is if you're a record label and you own the copyright, someone else's copyrights or whatever. All right. Um, in other words, you going to space pretty much put your name. If you're a singer, if you're songwriter and you wrote something all right or if your producer and you produce the you know, he wrote the instrumental part of it or component composing with intimate part of. So I would put my name here. All right. And this is just right here. Is this If the authors contribution is a work made for hire, All right, I just hum hire myself. Is not someone else doing it? I did it for myself. So it's no. But if someone you know hired you, you put Yes, this, actually, you could put wherever your citizens your current citizenship is Mine is the United States , and wherever you're currently living, all right, So say, if I was living in, you know, England and I'll put England, But I'm living in the United States Steel. So boom and your date of birth. I can't put your data, you know, year death, because you don't know when you die. You know, this is only if you're gonna put your fake name. Like, say, if you're a k A, you know, a producer name or a k an artist name, okay? Or if you. You know, if you don't want people to notice under public records or whatever, for whatever reason, you can put that save it, make sure sound recording to select it and puts save. And now you're properly listed as an author. 6. Limiting Your Claim: be making basis are. So now we're going to do is talk about limitations of claim. Okay, Um, just wanted break something down for you here, and it's really is that spelled out here too? But I want to break it down further because it really makes sense when you think of it like this. So if you're record label, you own all of the rights to it. You've acquired rights from all of the different people who have actually authored or created that particular body of work or that particular music. Then you don't have to worry about this. All right. Same thing if you personally as a creator, don't have anybody else who has collaborated on the music with you. Then you don't have to worry about limiting the claim. But if you do, if you did collaborate with somebody, okay? And you, you know, say you produce co produced something with somebody. And you they previously had their beasts copy written, right. And then you come in and you make some changes you would do. This is where you're gonna select new material and you go, you know, select the material included. Okay. Vice verse. It is a song that we know the chorus or the hook was copy reading. And, um, you know, saying in the beat was copper written, but then you want to add your switch your your twist to it. Um, you want copyright that the u You'd the same thing if there's something that was already previously registered and you You know, of course, put all the information here. This is just to cover you thoroughly. But, you know, for the most part, you're gonna leave this blank, especially if you know, if your independent created most apart most of time, you're gonna leave this blank. But there are certain circumstances when you want to limit this to just okay. We worked on a song together with a bunch of other people. The song blows up. Do you want to make sure they know that this is limited? Okay. I did this one part. You did this other part and knew the other person did this other part. So that's what this is about 7. Rights and coorespondence: be making basis. All right. So in this particular section, I'm really gonna, um, or lectures. Give me. I'm really going to just speed do this a little bit more because there's a lot. A lot of this is more straightforward, okay? And it's really do drop. The sexes I'm gonna talk about is either going to You're either going to list your company if you're a record label or, you know, you have a production company should put in this under, and you own the rights fully to it, or you're gonna add yourself. I've already added myself in all of these, as you could see, but I'm gonna go ahead and still walk. You do this. Okay. So rice and permissions, they want to have a contact person to contact. All right? Who is going to actually manage? They have the right to manage this copyright. Okay, They have control over basically. So that's where you does. The person that you put or the organization will put. Make sure that your country is selected is well, all right. As far as corresponding. If they have any questions about your copyright. Hey, why is this like this? A This is this this? Whatever you need to put the person or the organization or the place that is going to go to right here. All right. Next thing with Farrah smelling the certificate. So you're gonna get an official document saying that you own the copyright, All right. And you need to be able to say, All right, I want you to send it to this person at this address or this organization at this address. All right? Special handling is sometimes they have might have a special case. Where is like, look, you know, your record level, you have extra money and use. Like, Look, I want these copyrights done as fast as possible. They charge a little a little small fee, all right? A que from offi right. But they charge a fee to get this done a little bit quicker, or the handle handled the case a certain way. All right. You know, messed as basically if you look at it pending or process prospect, prospective litigation that's dealing with, they want to expedite this process, all right. And in last but not least, the search of certification. You know, saying is this saying like, Listen, I am that this? This is the last final step in this. This agreeing that Listen, everything on this document is 100% that you're the author Copyright claim it and the owner of the exclusive rights. I put my name down here since this project is mine and I'm I'm the owner of everything. After you do that, you must want to review it. Make sure everything is listed properly and you're good to go. 8. Making a payment: be making basis. All right, So what we're gonna talk about now is after your your case is already done. What's the next step after that? Okay, you actually fill out the form. Now, what you gotta do is click on working cases. If your case is in working status or open cases, it is open. Or you can click on all cases and just click on your case number. All right, So pretty much If I need to make any changes, I can easily go right here and click on these things right here to make any changes. I need to. All right, keep in mind that, you know, type of work and not be changed after you clicks and team, that's what they say, right? But this is the thing is, after you submit your work, that's when it goes well, that's when it happens. So, um, if you go to your review thing here, the next thing to do that to pay for it is added to your cart. Okay, they got a $55 fee. Now to do this used to be $35 then a up two feet. The 55 which is kind of, you know, saying it's a little bit expensive, you know, saying but at the same time, for convenience and to get it done, I mean, this is well worth it. And to cover you, I mean, for something where you could make millions of dollars. This is This is not even a bad deal here. So now what you would do is you would just go ahead and check out and you're gonna check. You know, put what? How you're gonna pay for you and pay for what? Your departure, your your bank accounts or which your credit card or debit card. I'm gonna use my credit card debit card. And this is just like that final. OK, Do you want to proceed? Thing you just push. Okay. And while I used interest in for into your information and you're good to go, obviously I'm not gonna enter my information here right now, but, um, this is this How you doing 9. Uploading your music: be making basis. All right, So after you will have to make your payment and everything like this, you're gonna go ahead and come to a screen like this. All right? You're gonna have the title of your project here, and then you're gonna have an option toe, upload all the tracks you don't want to upload MP tracks at, um, I'm not going to say the highest quality. It wouldn't be smart because they don't take up more time for it. Upload. But this regular MP three quality, and so you're gonna go ahead and select it, select whatever gonna you know, the fouls you want to upload. Okay. All right. And after you have all your tracks selected and so are you gonna do is go ahead and first start upload, And this is going to start doing this thing here. As you can see, over here in the green is uploading. Everything is upload all at once. And so you you just wait. Basically, you go get some coffee. Go. You know, research that males or do something else. You know, saying, read a book, whatever you got to do. But it's not gonna take too long. But, you know, saying is gonna upload. And after that happens, you want to make sure that you you're found names are or appropriate. Found names are in place. Okay, But pretty much after you do that, I mean, you're done, you're protected. Okay. So you can now at that point, release your music without worrying about whether or not someone's going to steal it or not . You know, saying that you're free now said Let's be great at that point because, you know, if someone does still it, it's all good cause you're protected. You can just, you know, saying, going around about it. First off, let him know. Hey, this is my track. If they don't respond at that point, then you know you can take to another cell type to another level. That's that in the night show 10. Thank you: be making basis. All right, so we made it to the very end of the course. I want to thank you for rolling and taking the course from start to finish. I also want to go ahead and encourage you. If you have questions, you have anything was unclear. Please make sure that you ask it and also want encourage you to leave a review on the course and and also just tell you was next. Okay, Like we talked about copyrighting. Maybe you have some other needs. Okay. I want to know what else you would like to learn. You know, I'm saying I also have some other courses. You can see some of these in the next lecture is well, we have some different links that you can go to or whatever, but the main thing or you can search for me on Google or search for me on this particular platform. I have several courses there if you don't see the links. But the main thing is, I want to help you. I'm dedicated to taking music professionals to the next level. It myself as a current music professional. I want that I'm passionate about it, man. I'm passionate about helping people, um, and teaching and sharing my wealth of information. So if you like this course River review and also check out some of my other courses again. Thank you so much for enrolling and for taking the course. I'll see you on the next and the next. Go around. All right. Peace.