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    Question Music Protection

    Excuse the long post.

    A little background. I was a musician (by career) up until 1975 when I made the decision to go to medical school and have been a practicing psychiatrist for the last twenty or so years.

    During the time I was involved in music I wrote a fair amount of music of various sorts - but never gave much attention to protecting it.

    Now I'm trying to start writing again and wonder what some of you do about protecting your music. Do you copyright it or set up a publishing co - what are some of the ways to make it safe to distribute your music without the danger of having it usurped in some way?

    Any suggestions along these lines would be appreciated.

    Maybe the best tning would be just to leave it unprotected as I have in the past. I really don't expect to think of it too commercially.

    Thanks.

    David M.

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    Re: Music Protection

    Good post. This is similar to a thread I was going to start to see how many people here belong to a certain association, and what are the benifits of being a member and what are peoples experiences with it or opinion of it... but can't do that because I can't seem to remember the name of it and forgot to bookmark it.


    not this one,
    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...ad.php?t=47155
    but the one some songwriters use, the one you always hear about.

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    Re: Music Protection

    ...I made the decision to go to medical school and have been a practicing psychiatrist for the last twenty or so years.
    Uh OH! I'm in trouble.
    You can send as many songs or musical pieces to the U.S. Library of Congress for copyright protection for only $30 a CD. Really no need for sheet music unless you are accustomed to it.
    Styxx

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    Re: Music Protection

    OK I remember now, it's called ASCAP, anyone familiar with it?

    http://www.ascap.com/index.html

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    Re: Music Protection

    Styxx:
    Uh OH! I'm in trouble.
    Actually I read your posts with great interest.

    Thanks for your response. I'll look into sending in a CD - or perhaps lead sheets. Since many are scores I'll probably aim for a cd.

    David M.

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    Re: Music Protection

    I'm aware of ASCAP but isn't copyright necessary as well?

    D.M.

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    Re: Music Protection

    Quote Originally Posted by pianodoc
    I'm aware of ASCAP but isn't copyright necessary as well?

    D.M.
    Filing formal copyright is a darned good idea, in that it legally
    establishes provenance and date in the event of litigation.

    In theory, under US copyright law as it now stands, a work
    is essentially automatically copyrighted to its author (though
    it's still advisable to include copyright notice). However, that
    may poorly withstand a legal assault. A formal copyright
    filing, however, is conclusive in this regard.

    To save copyright fee costs, it's perfectly acceptable to
    copyright works in groups, volumes, or collections, as well;
    so the cost burden of formally copyrighting a number of works
    can be quite reasonable.

    David
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    Re: Music Protection

    Daivd:

    Thanks for the response and suggestions.

    David M.

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