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Questions I have about registering a copyright for an EP
Old 16th August 2019
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Questions I have about registering a copyright for an EP

I tried asking at least 2 of these things or similar to them on the copyright.gov support page and I was supposed to wait 5 days max to get a response. But I didn't get one so I'm asking his here, and I already asked this on both Reddit AND the Image Line forums but got no responses yet. I hope this is the right forum board. If not, please direct me to the right one.

I want to register a copyright (which I will refer to as "copyrighting" for the rest of this post) for an EP that I did but I have a few questions.

First, is copyrighting each individual song using the "group of unpublished works" option on copyright.gov enough apart from copyrighting the cover art? Or is there a way to copyright the EP as a whole so I reserve the rights to stuff such as the order that the songs are in, the way they link together, etc.?

Do artists usually copyright the EP cover separately? What if I submitted the cover to a contest and got an honorable mention for it? Does it still count as unpublished? Does it even matter if the cover is published or not?

The last question I have has to do with the fact that my cousin did most of the mastering and I did not pay him to do this. Should I credit him in the copyright as one of the authors and make his contribution a "work made for hire" or should I make my contribution one? Or should I not say that it's a "work made for hire" for either of us?
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