Songwriters all have children. Some are in human form. Some are in the form of music. Are you a songwriter? Do you have carbon-based children? If the answer is yes to both of these then that answer begs this question: do you know where your children are?

First, make sure that you know exactly where your carbon-based children are, at all times! They come first, before anything else.

Second, do you feel like your music compositions are “your children” too? You created them, right? Of course they are! This begs another few questions: do you know where your copyrights are? Are your songs copyrighted? If so, who did them-you? Your manager? A friend? A company?

If the answer to any of these two questions is no, then let’s get busy. From experience, I have done a number of mine myself, but I have also had my publishing administrator (do a search) do a number of them, some correctly, and some totally forgotten. They are all corrected now, by yours truly.

There are a number of things to think about here:

Is this recording of yours solely yours, as an artist and writer? If so, possibly only 1 registration required.

Is this a duo, with all co-writes? If so, possibly only 1 registration required still.

Is this a band with three writers, a drummer who doesn’t write, and 4 or 5 variations of composer combinations? If so, this could be a can of worms. Maybe as many as 6 or 7 copyrights for the same record…

1. Sound Recording copyright-all songs (in interest of all members)=$55.

2. Words and Music (single writer, 3 songs)= another $55.

3. Words and music (different pair of writers, 1 song)= another $55. And the list goes on until it’s done correctly…if not done correctly then you have to ask yourself: do I know where my songs are? Do you?

I strongly suggest if you are a songwriter and even if you have an administrator—do your own copyrights! Take the time. Figure it out. Get physical copies. It is difficult at best, but not impossible. How smart is your manager or helper? Do you trust them-with your children? Where are they?

http://copyright.gov/eco/

Cheers!

Jamie