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sinpelo Posting your own songs-copyright proof? (16) RE: Posting your own songs-copyright proof? 26 Feb 06

In the UK (I don't know where you're from), a work is copyright as soon as it's created. There is no need to register. In the event of a dispute, the earliest evidence of its creation may be acceptable in the absence of any other form of evidence (A hard copy with the date on is NOT evidence of the date of creation). Posting on a forum will provide evidence that it was published on that date (posting on the Internet counts as 'publishing'.... ie; making available to the public). Anyone claiming the work to be their own would have to provide evidence that it was published under their name at an earlier date.

This won't, of course, prevent anyone from singing your songs and, although you would technically be entitled to performing rights, it can be difficult to enforce. Recording your work or publishing in any format without your consent is infringement and the recordings/publications stand as evidence. If someone just sings your songs at folk clubs, I'd be inclined to regard it as a compliment and don't worry about it.

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