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    Problem with the copyright office is that it takes at least 4 months. Submission <> Acceptance of submission.

    BMI offers free registration but you have to be a BMI member.

    What about services offered by private companies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FPDataminer View Post
    Problem with the copyright office is that it takes at least 4 months. Submission <> Acceptance of submission.

    BMI offers free registration but you have to be a BMI member.

    What about services offered by private companies?
    That's only a problem if you're in a jurisdiction that only grants subject matter jurisdiction for an infringement suit after a determination on your application AND an infringement occurs before that determination. Most jurisdictions follow the rule that jurisdiction is predicated on mere acceptance of the registration materials by the Copyright Office (a rule that is more in line with the governing statute).

    BMI does not do copyright registration.

    Private companies do not do copyright registration. They ostensibly provide evidence of date of creation - evidence which, in the US, has yet to be tested by the courts. Regardless, you can't bring an infringement suit in the US without registration through the Copyright Office, which in and of itself establishes prima facie evidence of date of creation and ownership, so the value of what private companies provide is negligible at best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pharaoh1tay View Post
    Sup y'all

    How many instrumental tracks can I place for copyrights? Like can I submit 15 tracks on a CD and call it a day?

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    Yes you can.

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    damn... i want to find out the cost of such activities... this thread makes all the other information so much easier than even the original copyright info provided online.

    possible to get a price check on aisle 5?

    do they accept data CDs? (<<< that's that slick $hit right there)
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    Quote Originally Posted by WatchWhatHappens1204 View Post
    damn... i want to find out the cost of such activities... this thread makes all the other information so much easier than even the original copyright info provided online.

    possible to get a price check on aisle 5?

    do they accept data CDs? (<<< that's that slick $hit right there)
    http://www.copyright.gov/docs/fees.html

    Online registration - $35
    Form CO registration - $50 (The new, universal form)
    Form SR/PA registration - $65 (Older forms, slowly being decommissioned)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pharaoh1tay View Post
    Sup y'all

    How many instrumental tracks can I place for copyrights? Like can I submit 15 tracks on a CD and call it a day?

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    you can't call it a day. but you can call it a collection.

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    I need help understanding the online copyright form. I'm trying to copyright music online and I need help with understanding it. Am I supposed to fill out individual titles for my instrumentals on the registration page and upload them later on, or am I to make one (1) general title of my instrumentals on the "Title of Works" page and upload my instrumentals later on under that one general title?
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    So I have a question, I've got a friend who has problems with giving me mp3 copies of works that we've done (which most of the time I do about 80% of the track). On a few seperate occasions he's copywritten works that we've done but I think he just copyright's them under his name. Why is it that I feel like he's screwing me in the long run? What if he sells one of these tracks? How do I even know? Do I continue to work with him? Do I tell him he needs to give me copies of sessions and mp3's when even I leave the studio to be safe? He's a little shady and I just need to know if thats how ISH should be done or not? What do you dudes think? I'll be more then happy to post a track so you can see I'm not garbage. lol

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