Should I copyright my music? 2 Answers as of August 19, 2010

Do I need to get my music copyrighted before I give it to people in the music business?

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Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
Of course. Any publication and use will prevent later copyright protection.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/19/2010
Law Offices of Juan Dotson
Law Offices of Juan Dotson | Juan Dotson
It depends. Do you want the whole world to know you wrote this song? Generally yes. Do you only want the money? Generally no. If your plans are to give your music away free, you do not need to copyright your work. You do not need to speak to an attorney. If you are giving your music or ideas to anyone in the entertainment industry for any other reason, you should first talk to an attorney.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/18/2010
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