SimonW / Simon Wright
I received a question on my website (www.LyricSlinger.co.uk) from someone who wanted information about the worry that many lyric writers have about copyright. I can't say that I'm a legal expert on copyright but my thoughts are as follows: - In the UK at least, copyright happens automatically when a writer creates (and posts) a piece of original writing, whether it's lyrics, a novel, or whatever. (You therefore don't need to spend money getting a lawyer or anyone else to 'register' your work in order to generate that ownership status) - I guess that people will still be worried about the difficulty of proving that you were the owner of a lyric, if one was stolen. Which, I guess, is where some people still take steps such as mailing their writing to themselves, or taking time-stamped screenshots of when they posted their work online? - To me, the bigger risk is in not sharing your lyrics online. Because a lyric that's just sitting on your computer, or stuffed in a drawer, has a zero percent chance of becoming a song, never mind making you any money Anyone got other thoughts on this topic? Are there additional protections that you take? Any good reference articles that cover this topic? If so, I'd be interested to hear about them.
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