If you’ve posted your music on web or social media sites where you have granted others permission to download/share (distribute)/mix your music, then your music has likely been published. If you’re simply just allowing them to “listen” to your music, it may be un-published, as there’s no authorized distribution or sharing taking place.
You can register groups of un-published works for $55 using the eCO’s Standard Application. If all your works have been published simultaneously (on the same day) AND in the SAME unit of publication (like a CD), you can also use the $55 eCO’s Standard Application. Along with the main registration title, also provide a separate title (contents titles) for each work you’re registering (if you’re registering ten music compositions, provide ten titles; I would also upload one Word document that includes the lyrics and musical composition to all ten works). You can NOT mix published and un-published works in the same registrations—they must be separated!
Importantly, you cannot lie about the publication status of your works. In the eCO application, you’ll have to certify that the information you’ve provided is correct to the best of your knowledge. If you misrepresent any material parts in your application, you’re subject to a $2,500 fine! This fine is the criminal offense section per the copyright statute.
From eCO application, you’ll have to check a box that certifies the following: “I certify that I am the author, copyright claimant, or owner of exclusive rights, or the authorized agent of the, copyright claimant, or owner of exclusive rights of this work and that the information given in this application is correct to the best of my knowledge.”
“Any person who knowingly makes a false representation of a material fact in the application for copyright registration provided by section 409, or in any written statement filed with the application, shall be fined not more than $2500.” See 17 USC 506(e).
Smokin wrote, “If work has been infringed prior to registration, only actual damages can be collected, if infringement occurred post registration, statutory can be collected which can be significant.”
A work is also eligible for statutory damages and potential recoupment of attorney fees & costs if its register is made WITHIN three-months of its first-publication. See 17 USC § 412.