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Suffet Cheapest way to copyright your songs (27) RE: Cheapest way to copyright your songs 15 Oct 10


Greetings:

I do not conside what I do tobe a "ruse," just a "technique." But yes, I do it so each song in the collection gets indexed by the US Copyright Office. It doesn't really matter if the songs are at all similar. All that matters is that they all have the same author claiming the same type of authorship (ie. music, lyrics, or both).

Here is one real example of a copyright registered August 16, 2006, US Copyright Office Registration Nuo. PAu3-051-310:

Title of Work:
Union Warriors and Other Songs

Alternative Titles:
Union Warriors
I've Been Up On the Mountain
Troubled Waters Rising
Can You Hear That Steam Whistle Blow?


The process has since been simplified, so you can now list the individual songs as what the Copyright Office calls "Contents Titles." If I were registering the claim today, I would do as follows:

Title of Work:
Union Warriors and Other Songs

Contents Titles:
Union Warriors
I've Been Up On the Mountain
Troubled Waters Rising
Can You Hear That Steam Whistle Blow?


I am sure, however, that the net effect would be the same, meaning that I would get to register four copyrights for the price of one.

--- Steve


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