Can I Protect a Song?

August 16, 2017

People write songs all of the time. And whether you have written a single song, an album of songs, or you have written a series of songs you hope to turn into a musical for Broadway or film, you have worked hard on all of that and you should be the one to decide how the song or songs should be used and you should decide who derives benefit. If a song is valuable to you, however, it may be valuable enough for someone else to copy or steal. You will want to protect your song or songs, and the best way to do that is through use of the copyright laws. is a great way to protect your song.

Copyright law offers the best possible protection for your ownership of a song, While a copyright technically attaches to a song the minute you write it, when it comes down to an actual challenge to your ownership, you will have to prove two things; you’ll have to prove that the work belongs to you and you will have to prove a date certain for your song’s creation. By registering your song and depositing it in the archive, you will be able to ensure that everyone knows the song belongs only to you and that only you are authorized to use it. Establishing proof of copyright prevents others from using your song or one that is confusingly similar.

When you register your song and make a copyright deposit into the archive, the protection starts immediately. Since copyright protection for any original work or design is present at the song’s creation, establishing a specific date of its creation is very important. By making a copyright deposit of your song, it is being certified as your property by a public notary, who will also establish a date certain of your song’s creation. Since you will always have access to proof of this certification and since your work cannot be altered by anyone, including you, you are creating a strong level of protection for your song. A copyright deposit in establishes priority of copyright and serves as incontestable proof of copyright. No one can deny these facts in a court of law.

Those who choose to deposit their song into our system to protect it receive other benefits. For one thing, your deposit into the archive means you obtain the most secure backup of your work available anywhere. If you lose your song elsewhere, rest assured that you will always have access to a pristine backup copy. You also have the option of posting your song onto your very own public profile on the site. That gives you the option of promoting your work, your company or yourself, even as you remind everyone that you have proof of your copyright in your work. Imagine being able promote your song at the same time you show infringers that you have a provable copyright.

A copyright on a unique song protects that song for life plus 70 years. Making a copyright deposit of your song means placing it in the hands of officers who are obligated to retain all documents deposited in a way that makes your copyright ownership incontestable, at the same time it can easily be retrieved by the copyright holder at any time they need to establish their ownership rights. If that’s not enough, imagine the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your copyright is protected internationally. That is because all songs deposited into the system provides proof that is valid in all 174 countries who have signed on to the Berne Convention. offers a whole lot of protection for a relatively small price.