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Making it in the Music Business: The Business and Legal Guide for Songwriters and Performers by Lee Wilson

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Chapter 2. Copyright Protection

The bad news is that although this chapter is filled with lots of information you need to prosper as a songwriter, it’s also one of the more boring chapters in this book. The good news is that it won’t take any longer to read this chapter than to eat a ham sandwich, so raid your fridge and read on.

As you’ve seen, you can bring yourself under the gigantic wing of the U.S. government by the mere act of writing a song, because our copyright law is a federal law and copyright protection for your song magically begins the moment it is “fixed in any tangible medium of expression.” You don’t have to notify any government office that Title 17 of the United States Code, Section 101, et seq., the Copyright Law of the United ...

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