Copyrighting Your Music


Whether you’re a musician, songwriter, or composer, you should protect your music. Your music is an asset that can be protected by registering it with the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO). This will allow you to use your own work in many different ways and prevent others from using or profiting from it without permission.

Registering Your Music

  • You can register your music with the US Copyright Office.
  • It costs $35 to register your music, and the fee is good for one year after registration.
  • You can do this online at

After You Register

Generally, if a person violates your copyright, you can sue him or her for damages (money), injunctions (to order someone to stop doing something) and statutory damages ($750 to $30,000 per infringement). You may also be able to recover attorney fees and costs.

If you register before sending a takedown notice, you’re more likely to win your case because of lack of evidence needed for proving the defendant’s knowledge about the infringement. This can lead to better legal outcomes that result in an injunction against further use of your work or monetary awards for past uses as well as future ones.

How to Apply

To apply for a copyright, you will need to complete and send in an application form. You can find the forms at the U.S. Copyright Office website []. When filling out your application, you’ll need to include:

  • The title of your work (if it’s not obvious from looking at it)
  • A description of your work that’s specific enough so that someone else could recognize it if they saw it again later on, but not so specific that it reveals any secrets about how you did what you did or who helped with what parts of making this thing happen!
  • Contact information for the author(s) (name and address), as well as any other names used while working on this project

You can protect your music or other writing by registering it with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Registering your music with the U.S. Copyright Office is a highly recommended step in protecting your work. You can register as an individual, or as part of a team or group that wrote the music together.

Registering your work with the U.S. Copyright Office is easy and inexpensive, so there’s no reason not to do it! You can complete it online for about $35 per song (if you’re registering multiple songs at once). If you have any questions about how much it costs or what else goes into filing a copyright application, we’ve got answers here: How Much Does It Cost to Register a Work With The U S Copyright Office? What Else Should I Know About Getting My Music Copyrighted?

It is important to protect your music as soon as possible by registering it as soon as possible.

As a musician, it is important to protect your music as soon as possible by registering it as soon as possible. This can help you get paid, sell the work and license it for use in other projects. It can also help you defend yourself if someone else tries to steal or use your song without permission.

  • Because of copyright law, no one can use your music without first getting permission from you or paying for the rights to do so. Even if they have gotten away with illegal use in the past, that doesn’t mean they will get away with it again in the future – especially if they know how much money their actions are costing them!
  • Registering copyright gives you exclusive rights over who gets paid when any third party uses part or all of your composition (even if they didn’t ask). This way only those who pay up front will be able to make money off what was originally yours alone!


Once your music is registered, it’s protected from the moment you file it. It doesn’t matter if another artist comes along and copies your music later—they won’t be able to use any part of it without permission from you.