Under Copyright Law, the Songwriter and / or Composer has certain rights including the exclusive right to gain economic reward for their creative efforts. These rights are granted by default the moment the songs, music or lyrics are written down or recorded. By registering your work you will help establish and endorse these rights with immediate effect from the date of registration. (specified on the issued Copyright Certificate).
“Copyright” is established and actually comes into existence the very moment an original song, lyrical work or piece of music is created and fixed in a tangible and accessible form, such as it being recorded or written down. However, if any of your work becomes subject to a “rights” dispute or is infringed upon in any way, copyright ownership can be extremely difficult to prove without having solid evidence to support or back up a claim of ownership.
Copyright Registration will provide you with solid documented proof of ownership as from the date of registration. If you value your work and wish to protect it “Copyrighting”, or to be more precise, copyright registration is strongly advised. Proof of copyright ownership is not only essential it is also a legal requirement in a court of law. Securing proof of copyright ownership is your responsibility.
The expertise of the Songrite Copyright Office lies in song and musical based copyrights including all additional and associated rights such works may encompass. For example, the arrangements, production and performance rights usually present in a recorded work. Band, stage, artiste and performers names also fall in to our remit.
A Single Song Usually Contains Several Copyright Categories:
All of these collective rights and copyrights are included when registering complete songs or music only tracks.
See Other Collective Rights:
Submitting your original work direct to us on-line is a quick, safe and secure process. However to safeguard and maintain the high level of security and efficiency we have restricted access to this facility to Songrite members only. Our Unique International copyright service is open and available to all songwriters, lyric writers and music composers who wish to register the copyrights of their work and have certified proof of ownership in the form of a copyright certificate. Online Registration
Membership is totally free with no strings or commitments, the on-line application form takes a few moments to complete. This on-line copyright service is used by both professional and aspiring songwriters and composers to upload their original songs and lyrics for registration. Registering your songs, music and lyrics ensures all new and original works are documented and accredited to the rightful owner, author or creator of the submitted works.
Using the regular mail service is an option open to both members and none members, however, due to the time consuming procedures involved with manual delivery, this method takes longer to complete and is dependent upon external systems which are beyond our control. (Local & International Mailing Services). Registration by Mail
Registration Forms are only required when submitting your work by regular mail. There are three Copyright application forms available which cover everything from registering one single composition to a complete album of up to fourteen tracks. Copyright forms for registering songs, music and lyrics can be viewed here. Copyright Forms. (These forms are not required for on-line registration).
The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself in a sealed envelope or package is often referred to as “poor man’s copyright.” This “do it yourself” method of “copyrighting” is simple to by-pass and defraud which renders it totally unreliable and unacceptable as proof of ownership in a court of law.
There is no provision in the text of international law that recognises “poor man’s copyright” as a viable alternative to registration. Placing trust in this method to protect your work is not only misguided but foolhardy and will surely result in your loss and disappointment if ever put to the test.
Registering your songs, music and lyrics will help establish a true and lasting record of rightful ownership.
Protecting your privacy is important to us. We do not share, sell or exchange names email addresses or any other personally identifying information about our members or clients to any other organisation or agency.
The information that you disclose to Songrite as a member or a postal client, is stored on our servers in a password-protected, personal account. To ensure maximum security, we use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology and data encryption software, to provide secure communication over the Internet. The SSL is engaged during any interaction in which you enter personal information. All information is stored behind a secure computer firewall, a barrier that prevents outsiders from accessing our servers. Privacy: