How to copyright a song?
How often, especially when alone, do you listen to silence, not to music?
We pay attention to song ratings on iTunes, search for new music on Spotify, and use Shazam when we hear a cool track we can't identify. We can define our mood by popular music, and often create playlists with our favorite tracks. We rarely leave the house without headphones, and according to my bot-calculations, on average we listen to about 100 songs a day, either consciously or as background noise. It's incredible! Music has long been a part of us.
Proportional to the high demand for good and catchy music, the number of music tracks grows ever day. After all, art creation is an element beyond our control. In order to create music, it is not as important to have a formal education as it is to feel that you are moving in the right direction.
Let's imagine that inspiration came to you and you created a really great track. Your friends are delighted, and relatives cry with happiness imagining how they gift you flowers at a solo concert in one of the biggest halls in Los Angeles. And you imagine writing a melody for the new Hollywood movie with Angelina Jolie in the title role. It sounds great. But let's get back to reality. Before you present the fruits of your labors to the world, you need to register a copyright on them.How could I do this?
By and large, registering a copyright for a musical work isn't that different from the general procedure for copyright registration, but still has certain unique features.
The main difference lies in the decision that you have to make as the author. This dilemma looks like this: should you register copyrights for a certain composition, or for the whole album, which consists of several songs? In each variant, there are advantages and disadvantages.
In order to fixate the copyright on each song separately, you need to prepare the appropriate number of applications and sets of documents, and submit them to the government agency in your country that is authorized to register copyrights. If the authorship fixation is successful, you will receive certificates of authorship for each of the claimed songs. Or, you can do this procedure with the help of blockchain technology. I can help you with this. If your authorship of the composition is fixed, it will be much easier for you to win a dispute or case in court if there are any violations. Fixed authorship of the song will also help you very much when concluding contracts with recruiting companies.
The disadvantage of individual registration is that it is quite expensive to register each song separately by the classical scheme. But when using blockchain technology, it becomes more affordable. :)
It is also necessary to register the song as a trademark. It is possible to register a name of the song or part of the text as a trademark. I can also help you with all of this. This will help to defend your right to the title of the track if it will be used by anyone else. Here is one example.
Surely you've heard the song “Californication” by the famous band Red Hot Chili Peppers (while writing this blog for you, I listened to it three times). But most likely, you didn't know that “Californication” is both the name of the 1999 album Red Hot Chili Peppers and an episode title in the fifth season of the famous TV series Showtime. When the Showtime episode title appeared on the screen in 2007, the Red Hot Chili Peppers filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement. But what happened next? Because Red Hot Chili Peppers didn't register a trademark earlier, legally they didn't have any claims. The conflict ended without court intervention. There are several possible outcomes for the situation. Showtime may have pleaded guilty, and the parties may have resolved the conflict peacefully. The word “Californication” may have been recognized as well-known and the Red Hot Chili Peppers would have been unable to prove violations in court. But just imagine for a second the amount of compensation that the band could receive by registering the song and its name. That's how it sometimes happens. :)
Trademark registration for a song, in comparison with the fixation of copyright, is a rarer request. But as you can see, there are times when it is needed. Scandals with copyright infringements seem like an integral part of the Hollywood life. Plagiarism scandals have dogged Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Beyonce, and even my favorite band Coldplay. This list can be continued indefinitely.
You've heard the Adele song "Hello", haven't you? After the release, it became extremely popular. After a while, attentive listeners noticed that some parts are too similar to the Tom Waits's song "Martha," which was released in 1973. Of course, when I listen to a song on repeat, sometimes it seems to me that I already heard it somewhere. But this was not a similar situation. Unfortunately, or fortunately, we live in a time when Google remembers everything. The suspicions were confirmed and angry messages flashed on Twitter, such as, "I just realized that the new Adele song is just a copy of 'Martha' Tom Waits's song," or "Is that Tom Waits?!". Adele declined to comment about this situation. But her producer Greg Kurstin admitted that the singer often looks for inspiration in works of Waits.
Adele's case ended without any sanctions. But the popular hit of 2013 "Blurred Lines," recorded by American singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, could not be saved from the fine. In this song, relatives of the deceased American singer Marvin Gaye found a similarity to his composition "Got to Give It Up," which was created about 40 years ago. The members of the Gaye family appealed to the District Court in the State of California, which in 2015 confirmed copyright infringement and ordered the defendants to pay $5.3 million in compensation and transfer 50% of all future profits from selling the "Blurred Lines" song to Gaye's relatives. What a story! :)
Register the fruits of your work and be recognized as a creator. I will help you to do this quickly, inexpensively, and reliably with the help of the blockchain technology.
Contact me and claim your authorship on blockchain or register a trademark right now! Who knows, maybe this step will determine your destiny!