How to Copyright Beats (Should You Copyright Beats?)

How to Copyright Beats

Here is a collection of helpful videos on the subject of copyright.  The videos cover should you copyright beats, how to copyright beats, FAQs, and more.

Should You Copyright Your Beats

DJ Pain 1 covers the basics of copyright.

How to Copyright Beats with Samples

DJ Pain1 talks about copyrighting beats with uncleared samples. Copyright Website

How To Copyright Music ( Step By Step Process )

Greg Savage shows you step by step instructions on how he copyrights files on The video seems to be out-dated but still has some helpful information.

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Copyright FAQ

How long does the process take?

Processing for e-Filing is typically up to 8 months. Paper Forms are generally up to 14 months.

What are the Copyright Fees?

  • Single Application (single author, same claimant, one work, not for hire) $35
  • Standard Application (all other filings) $55
  • Registrations on paper $85

What is copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.

What does copyright protect?

Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “What Works Are Protected.”

Do I have to register with your office to be protected?

No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work.

I’ve heard about a “poor man’s copyright.” What is it?

The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself is sometimes called a “poor man’s copyright.” There is no provision in the copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for registration.

When is my work protected?

Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.

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