Our band After Earth (shameless plug -http://www.facebook.com/pages/After-Earth/267248366640556 ) have recorded some songs and we are looking to find out what the story is with copyrighting! Any info appreciated!
What about copyright?
How does one copyright music?
I've done a little research on this in the past. Copyright is implicit once a work has been made. That means the songs you write are automatically copyrighted as soon as you make them, once they are original of course. The major issue is how to prove the copyright if it ever comes to it. There are a few ways to do it as I remember, including getting the work signed in a solicitors office (I don't know if that is very easy or cheap to sort out).
The other way is to post it to yourself then keep the envelope somewhere safe. That way, you have it sealed and dated from the post office. Then if there is ever a problem just produce the envelope as proof.
As far as how long copyright lasts, that's a whole other story. Take a gander on google!
I wish this was in the FAQ here because I see 'poor man's copyright' referred to frequently and it is simply not correct.
As long as ye don't copyright any chugging open E riffs..
Great contribution, thanks!
We play our stuff in C# anyway!
What do you think will happen if you don't copyright them?
I think if we "don't copyright them", random users on the INTERNET will continue to bombard all my threads with pointless, unhelpful and moronic statements/comments/questions for all of eternity.
It may also spark another bang, perhaps bigger than the BIG bang and our band would be seen as the satirical metal band who morphed the world into the 'New Era' with their free-to-download album, ironicly named 'Uncopyrighted Chaos'.
Those among many other things might happen!
As the saying goes; Ask a silly question......
I'd pay to see that!
Also free-to-download albums are a good idea
Also Uncopyrighted Chaos could be a good name for a song/album, hope noone steals it
If you ever visit Youtube you'll see this has happened to every copyrighted song ever, might as well get used to it
Have you considered Emeraz ?
Just mp3 the file/song and email it to yourself. The email will be dated and timed and the file will be available to download from the email it was included with in the future. This will cover any stealing of your intellectual property which is what copyright infringement is.
Also if you dont trust the electronic system, in the past folk have posted it to themselves or in some cases have gone to their local garda station and got them to stamp a sealed envelope.
see also : poor man's copyright
Doesnt matter what you call it, it will stand up in court. Ive done enough law modules to have experienced it and to know about it. The cost of running a band in this current 'scene' is hard enough without having to worry about forking over hundreads. If we went running to 'professionals' for every problem we came across this industry would never see most of the music it produces come to fruition and more often than not you can do twice as good for free what a professional can charge you hundreds for.
Who cares about US law? Why would an Irish forum FAQ refer to US law?
IMRO recommends this method.