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This copyright service is used by both professional and aspiring songwriters and composers to register and securely store copies of their original songs, music and lyrics. (Songwriters and composers deposit copies of their work as legal evidence and proof of copyright ownership)

The Songrite Copyright Office is based in the United Kingdom and deals exclusively with music based copyrights including lyrical works.

What happens when you submit your work?
    • The submitted work is date stamped.
    • A reviewer checks to ensure your work is complete in its content and the registration form details are checked for accuracy.
    • If necessary, the reviewer may suggest changes are made to comply with copyright regulations.
    • You are contacted via email and advised on the information collated on the submitted work.
    • You pay the required registration fee when you agree and are completely satisfied with the details as presented to you.
When the copyright registration fee has been paid:
    • The work is then processed and allocated a unique identification number.
    • A duplicate copy of the submitted work is made.
    • The original work is deposited in our secure archives.
    • The duplicate copy is transferred to a separate secure location..
    • A personal folder is prepared and all details are recorded.
    • All registered work is added to your unique folder which was allocated to you upon becoming a member.
    • All information pertaining to the submitted work is recorded and entered into a computerized databank…
    • A registration certificate is issued.

All registered works receive a numbered Registration Certificate plus a Ten Year Safe Storage Contract for the submitted works.

Each individual copyright registered work is stored in our secure archives for a minimum of ten years from the date of registration and is endorsed by a Ten Year “Authors Safe Keeping” contract. We issue to all copyright claimants who register works with this copyright office . The contract commences from the date as stated on the issued copyright certificate.

You will be contacted prior to the expiration of the contract and offered the option of extending your storage facility.

An alternative and ineffective copyright system:

Some countries have no provision for registering copyrights and can offer no alternative other than the futile exercise of “Poor Man’s Copyright“. (see copyright facts)

Should any of the following happen and you wish to seek redress;

    • A dispute over copyright ownership;
    • your work is infringed or plagiarised in part or in whole;
    • other copyright related misdemeanour;

You will be required to provide absolute proof of ownership which is acceptable in a court of law, unfortunately within the scope and extent of the legal world “poor man’s copyright” does not provide this requisite proof of ownership and would not be acceptable as solid evidence. This alternative copyright method is deeply flawed and easily circumvented by anyone with a modicum of ability, rendering this practice useless and totally unacceptable as proof of copyright ownership.

Proof of copyright ownership:

A certificate of registration provides solid proof and affords the required legal evidence to support the named claimant as the registered copyright owner of the work as described upon the said certificate. (as from the date of registration). This unequivocal evidence can be used in a court of law to support your claim should a dispute or an infringement occur. We also retain backup copies of your work that are time stamped as from the date of registration.

There is no viable, affordable or easy obtainable alternative to copyright registration.

Band Names / Stage Names:

We also include the registration of your band or stage name when you register your works.

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The copyright registration of songs lyrics and music:

Submitting Songs and Lyrics

You can submit your songs music and lyrics for copyright registration either direct online or by using the regular mail service, just select the method that suits you best. You can learn more from the three links here. —Submit Online or Regular Mail Submissions. Note. On-line submission requires membership of COGS.

Reviewing your Work.
When your work is received it is checked by a reviewer. We may need you to clarify or confirm some details or you may be asked submit additional information to enable us to proceed with the registration. If the work has failed to reach us in its entirety or is inaudible or illegible, you will be asked to re-submit
Confirmation

You will be presented (via email) with all the information we have collated with regard to your submitted work. You then have the opportunity to alter, modify, cancel or confirm all the details presented to you. At this stage If you wish to continue, you will receive an update of the final draft before making payment.

Payment

You pay the registration fee only when you are completely satisfied all details and information have been correctly presented to you. All on-line payments are made through a secure server and several currency options are available. Mail clients can pay either by cheque or international money order.

Regulations that govern copyright registration and the issuing of copyright certificates and associated documents.

Registration, however, is no guarantee against infringement. The Copyright Office is not responsible for policing, or checking on registered works and their use, and cannot guarantee that the legitimacy of ownership or originality in a work registered by Songrite will never be questioned.