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Songwriting Tip: Why You Still Should Register A “Copyrighted” Work

No Comments 3 April 2016

Songwriting Tip: Why You Still Should Register A “Copyrighted” Work

Justin M. Jacobson, Esq., The Jacobson Firm, P.C. writes on the USA Songwriting Competition blog: While many creatives in the entertainment industry believe (and are partly correct) that a work is copyrighted as soon as it is fixed in a tangible medium it still pays, often literally, to formally register the work with the U.S. Copyright Office, particularly where legal issues are concerned.

A common misconception in the entertainment industry is that an author has a “copyright registration” in the work upon completion and the publication of the created work. However, this is not true. Although the Berne Convention, which the United States is a signatory to, creates a “universal copyright” or copyright upon creation and publication of a work, the work is not “registered” until it has, in fact, been registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. Truth be told, all of the benefits of copyright ownership are not available in America until the Copyright has been registered. Click on the link below to read more…

Author: Justin M. Jacobson, Esq., The Jacobson Firm, P.C. on USA Songwriting Competition blog

Read More/Original Source: http://www.songwriting.net/blog/register-a-copyrighted-work

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