Securing a Copyright
One of the most frequently asked questions among newer songwriters is How do I copyright my song? Many people assume that a song doesn’t receive copyright protection until they have filled out a form and sent it to the Copyright Office. Under the 1976 Copyright Act, however, a copyright exists as soon as your song is written down, recorded, or otherwise fixed. Let’s go back to the Copyright Act for a definition of fixed.
A work is ‘‘fixed’’ in a tangible medium of expression when its embodiment in a copy or phonorecord, by or under the authority of the author, is sufficiently permanent or stable to permit it to be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated for a period of more than transitory duration. A work consisting ...