PART 2 - COPYRIGHT ISSUES
So you've written a song or two, headed to the studio and ended up with an album that you now need to put on CD. You are probably wondering how to protect your songs, how to copyright them. There are several different ways to go about this, the "poor mans" way is to print out your lyric sheets, sign and date them, include a rough recording if you have one and mail it to yourself (yes back to yourself) by registered mail and then put the letter away for safe keeping. The postal seal acts an official date stamp should an issue arise some day as to the authenticity of your song. Will this method hold up in court.... honestly we don't know, it is however a good start towards fixing a date to your work. There are more "official" ways to copyright your songs. Visit our RESOURCES section if you want more information.
There is also the area of "Performance Royalties". These are fees paid to you (yes, money flowing in your direction for a change) if enough radio stations play your song or your song is performed in a large SOCAN venue, on TV, or included in a film etc.. In Canada there is a organization called SOCAN that helps Canadian artists collect these royalties. You can get more information about SOCAN in our RESOURCES section.
End Of Part 2 - Check List
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