The copyright exists, to protect your unique idea, since you write it or record it. And the best part is that you are the owner of that copyright, so you can decide where and how the world plays your song.
For the UK copyright protection, you don’t need to register your piece, they only have to get the following requirements:
- It’s a piece that is written in music notation or record it, even fixed in another way but is a tangible piece.
- Must be unique, your original piece without any copy
- Everything must happen in the UK, it means that either the composer has to be a British citizen, or the song has to be released in the UK
And, to avoid any discussion about the copyright of your songs, you must consider the next laws in the UK copyright:
In the UK, every song is covered by three copyrights act: one in 1911, other in 1956, and a third in 1988. And about the other countries, thanks to the aforementioned Berne Convention and the Universal Copyright Convention, your songs are protected in the rest of the world.
But in this article, we want to help you to know how to protect your songs against any infraction that can happen in the way of your creation:
You need to a have a proof of the date that you write your song. One thing you can do is place the song (in paper o recorded) inside an envelope and post it to yourself. So, in that way you have the date that you posted it as a proof. Or, you can deliver your song work to your bank, and he will give you a receipt, that you have to keep it in a safe place.
Now you have in mind what you need to do in order to protect your song, so… Create something great!