Do I Really Need To Copyright My Songs?

A music copyright is actually a bundle of separate exclusive rights.

When you copyright songs, you have the right to: Make and distribute copies of the song on sheet music, records, tapes, CDs and certain digital media.

You also have the exclusive right to make and distribute the first sound recording of the song..

Your copyright is free and is automatic. The song must be “fixed” in some way, in a written down copy or a recording. You cannot have a copyright to a tune in your head, or that you perform in public, unless you write it down or record it in some fashion. You do not have to take any action to have this copyright.

How much does it cost to use copyrighted music?

The cost to license a copyrighted song can vary widely. The cost for a song from a small independent artist might be less than $100, while a track by a major artist or label can run thousands of dollars. Some licenses might also charge you a percentage of revenue instead.

However if you don’t register your copyright until after someone has infringed upon it you can only sue them for profits and damages but not legal fees.