Re: copywriting songs in the UK
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Posted by Stephen L. Anderson on June 26, 2001 at 13:02:21:
In Reply to: copywriting songs in the UK posted by Susannah Drazin on June 26, 2001 at 02:14:41:
Under the law of the United Kingdom, copyright protection attaches to a work automatically upon
There are no fees to pay and no forms to file, however proving that you were the first to create a particular work can be much more difficult under the UK system.
That is why many European authors and artists register their work in the United States and through such registration, they enforce their copyrights locally (in the UK or other foreign country under an international treaty known as "the Berne Convention" which gives full faith and credit to a US registration.
Another method of proving first creation of a work is to deposit such work with a bank or solicitor or other registry (the Writer's Guild of America is another depository of written works).
One common, though horribly inefficient and risky method is to send a postal letter to yourself which shows the current date, however, we discourage this practice as it is extremely easy to "steam open" and replace the contents of an envelope in the possession of someone who has an interest in the work.
In Canada, Registration provides only the additional benefit of demonstrating proof
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