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    Question Picking the title of a song/music piece/score

    What is the best method, or what is the method you like to use, to make sure that a tentative title to a song has not already been used?

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    Re: Picking the title of a song/music piece/score

    Wow, i didn't know that you don't copyright titles. Or i guess i thought it would automatically be copyrighted along with music you copyright. I thought the ones that used previously used titles were either unaware that it had been used or were just bucking the system.

    It seems to me like it would still be best to use an unsed or unique title, to distinguish it from any other works.

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    Re: Picking the title of a song/music piece/score

    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Music
    Why would it matter if it's been used. You can't copyright a title, and look how many songs/works have the same one
    Titles often fall under Trademark Law, though. You're better-off using your own, original title, Leaf. This way, you're safe from any "Legal Danger."
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    Re: Picking the title of a song/music piece/score

    Confession: With some of my "lighter" works, I made up a title that bore little relationship to the actual music itself. My "On The Avenue" was an un-named piece of music that I had written and then misplaced. When I rediscovered it, I said to myself, "Hmmm...why don't I call it 'On The Avenue' " and that is its present name.

    Now...I feel better.

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    Re: Picking the title of a song/music piece/score

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry G. Alexander
    Confession: With some of my "lighter" works, I made up a title that bore little relationship to the actual music itself. My "On The Avenue" was an un-named piece of music that I had written and then misplaced. When I rediscovered it, I said to myself, "Hmmm...why don't I call it 'On The Avenue' " and that is its present name.

    Now...I feel better.

    Larry
    I have lots of titles in my head with no music to go with them yet. Some are like your "On the Avenue", so good i will have to use them even if they don't fit the music. Some are so good, that i can't imagine that they are not already taken.

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    Re: Picking the title of a song/music piece/score

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry G. Alexander
    Confession: With some of my "lighter" works, I made up a title that bore little relationship to the actual music itself. My "On The Avenue" was an un-named piece of music that I had written and then misplaced. When I rediscovered it, I said to myself, "Hmmm...why don't I call it 'On The Avenue' " and that is its present name.

    Now...I feel better.

    Larry
    aHA! I've suspected you all along, "Larry" (if that is your real name!). "Gypsy Dance Number 2" my left foot! You and I both know that piece is about bunnies!

    I've got my eye on you,
    chris.

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    Re: Picking the title of a song/music piece/score

    But the bunnies knew, and that is all that really matters.

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    Re: Picking the title of a song/music piece/score

    You can search both copyrights and trademarks by starting from the Library of Congress's web site: www.loc.gov

    You can also search musical scores on WorldCat (a worldwide library catalog with 80 million items): www. worldcat.org

    Sometimes it helps to have a librarian in the family!

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    Re: Picking the title of a song/music piece/score

    Is anyone aware of any method to use, like some big database or something of already used titles?

    IMO, you would want the music you write to not sound just like someone elses music, so you would also want it not to have the same name as someone elses music.

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    Re: Picking the title of a song/music piece/score

    Quote Originally Posted by danveach
    You can search both copyrights and trademarks by starting from the Library of Congress's web site: www.loc.gov

    You can also search musical scores on WorldCat (a worldwide library catalog with 80 million items): www. worldcat.org

    Sometimes it helps to have a librarian in the family!
    Oh thanks very much, Dan, that's the info i was looking for. You must have posted while i was writing the above, now obsolete, post.

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