Why Copyright My Music?
If you see yourself as a serious musician (and I presume you do), you would be wise to register your original songs with a PRO (Performance Rights Organisation). This will protect you in the event that someone, somewhere, steals one of your songs and claims it as their own. Whether you want to copyright just one song for possible digital distribution or an entire CD of collected works, the process is the same. We can do this for you too by signing up with our Publishing Administration service if you don't have a PRO in your country or you don't want to go through the hassle. Furthermore, we register your songs worldwide so you don't have to.
Copyright means income for the artist, whether it is the author of the song or the performer of the song or the lyricist for the song. Sometimes these are the same people, sometimes not.
There was a time when a singer would sing in a market and go around with his hat to get some cents after the performance. As there was no such thing as a record people bought as well a copy of the song printed on paper. Because if you wanted to ‘hear’ a song, you either had to go to the market to listen to the performer, or sing it yourself at home.
Of course when a song gets popular, different performers would ‘copy’ it and sing it as well in markets, claiming it was their song and cashing in on the performance and on their own printed version.
That was basically the start of copyright, because the original writer of the song obviously wanted a share from the performance done by others.
Then radio and records were invented, and instead of singing for one hundred people you were now performing for one million people, and getting copyrights for ‘one million listeners’. Same for records that sell in the millions.
Many cents make performers (and writers) millionaires.
Producing high quality music is expensive. And, unlike starting a deli, you don’t make a single penny until all your work is basically done. A single album can cost millions of dollars (and hundreds of people, each of whom specialize in one thing) to produce.
Now, imagine that, after making a few thousand dollars on the first day, all of your music is copied onto the internet for everyone to enjoy for free (or copy themselves). If you have no way to stop that, then you may never recoup the money it cost you to make the music to begin with.
Now imagine that you’re going back into the studio to make another album. Are you going to put all of your heart into it, and invest the millions of dollars to make it perfect? No, because you know that you can only count on making the first few thousand dollars back until it’s available for free.
Without copyright protection, nobody would spend the money it takes to make good music. All we’d get is the scraps that they’re willing to part with for free.
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