You do not need to register your work with any copyright office to get rights, nor do you need to mail yourself a copy or submit songs into (ASCAP/BMI).All you have to do is write down or record an original work and the copyright is yours.
So why bother registering your work?
The answer is simple if you do not register your work your rights with respect to your work is limited.
Good News you have up to 5 years from date of production to claim ownership.
BUTTT if the work is registered after you try to claim a lawsuit you get ZITTTT, zero, nada! Those are just the US copyright laws…
Copyright provides protection for the original work of authorship, fixed in a tangible medium of expression.
Fixed in a tangible medium of expression means the material has been stored in a form which could be perceived either directly or with the aid of a device.
Mere ideas cannot be fixed in a tangible form of expression and therefore does not have copyright protection.
The owner of the copyrighted material has exclusive rights to control:
- Display of the work
- Performance derivatives
Copyright protection attaches as soon as the work is fixed in a tangible medium.
Whether or not the copyright is registered, the author should begin using the copyright symbol immediately. This is simply to inform others that he/she intends to exercise control over
- Performance of Work
Notice is not currently required for the copyright law but it does prevent a person from claiming a defense of innocent infringement.