self discovery & expression

How to copyright your music?/Student Assignment

There have been a lot of problems lately with people stealing and posting things on the Internet. The (incorrect) assumption is that anything on the Web is public domain. Creators of all types are learning to protect themselves by making it clear that their work is copyrighted: A copyright protects an artist, publisher or writer from unauthorized copying of his or her work – including song lyrics.


Things You’ll Need
  • Computer Disks
  • Paper And Pencils
  • Sheet Music
  • Audio CD
    • 1

      Write your lyric and put it in a tangible form – on paper, sheet music, computer disk or audiotape. You can’t copyright an idea that is still in your head.

    • 2

      Recognize that anything written after April 1, 1989, is automatically protected (in the United States) by an assumed copyright. If you don’t transfer the copyright to someone else, it will last 70 years past your date of death.

    • 3

      Register with the U.S. Copyright Office so that you can more easily collect damages if your work is copied. This also provides public notice.

    • 4

      Use the U.S. Copyright Office’s PA form to register a song. Use its SR form to register published and unpublished sound recordings.

    • 5

      Expect to pay a nonrefundable fee for registration. The basic registration fee is $45, which took effect July 1, 2006.

    • 6

      Include a copyright notice at the end of your work. The proper format is: Copyright or ©, year of first publication of the work, author’s name: © 2000 John Doe or Copyright 2000 John Doe.

Read more: How to Copyright |



1. Zizinha, count aloud while playing each hand separately. Ms. Agnes would like to hear it aloud while you play.


1. Sight Singing P. 10 #2 and P. 11 #6

2. Fireworks

3. vocalise on digital recorder, and your voice CD.

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