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101 Songwriting Wrongs and How to Right Them by Pete Luboff, Pat Luboff

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COPYRIGHT IT, RIGHT?

Don’t register every song individually with the Copyright Office

If you’re a prolific songwriter, like our friend Lisa Aschmann who writes a song a day, you could spend more than fifteen thousand dollars a year on registering each song individually. Even registering a song a month would cost over five hundred dollars a year. Is it worth it? One of the most common questions songwriters ask us is, “Should I copyright my songs before I show them?” Our short answer is, “No.” This chapter will give you the long background on that short answer.

Back when sheet music was the main way songs were sold, you could lose your copyright ownership of the song if you forgot to include the copyright notice at the bottom of the first ...

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