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Copyright each song separately? (USA)
Old 28th August 2007
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Copyright each song separately? (USA)

Do you guys copyright each song on a different Form PA? I know you can copyright a batch of songs on one form, but do you do that? Or do you submit a separate form for each tune? I was just curious if anybody had experience good or bad with this approach, if it makes any difference when it comes to protecting your rights.
Old 29th August 2007
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My contract law professor told me that you can copyright a collection of songs with one form, but if you ever have to sue anyone it gets very complicated to pull one small thing out in court. So do you want more trouble now or more later?
Old 29th August 2007
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I put a collection on one PA form. There is an actual continuation sheet just for this use. This way, you only have to pay the $45. filing fee once. If you file a form PA for each song, that's $45. per song and can add up.

Old 29th August 2007
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AS i have understood it when u do a collection on the form List what songs are part of the collection not just Demo Songs Number 1 ( naming just the group of songs) This way there is no confusion about which of the songs out of the group in case of lawsuits etc.
Old 30th August 2007
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continuation sheet will cost you a second $45 to file, but it's still loads cheaper than paying that amount per work.
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