Lyrics, Songwriting and Arranging

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SimonW / Simon Wright 1mo+2dy ago
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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EdsonCastro   commented 1mo+2dy ago


I think the ideal is always to be careful and there are several ways to do this for free, one of them is to register the lyrics before starting projects on https://mywrites.co/

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SimonW   commented 31 days ago


Thanks Edson. That's an interesting approach. Is the mywrites site free for people to use or do they charge?

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Amanda   commented 1mo+2dy ago


i agree with the part that the bigger risk would be not to share. and if someone stole my lyrics then that means they are damn good and i'd be proud lol. but really, what matters is making beautiful songs and putting them out there in the world, money and copyright and credits come last to me. that's just my opinion :)

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SimonW   commented 31 days ago


Thanks Amanda. Think we're in the same place on that. I also suspect that the person stealing the lyric would be unlikely to make much money from it, unless they were a major artist or from a record label that could sell it to a major artist. In which case, going after them for legal redress might be worth considering. And, if you won the legal case, it could be a useful marketing strapline to be able to say 'Lyric writer so good that stole my lyrics!'

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Teshia   commented 31 days ago


I've been a digital painter for 15 years and never watermarked my work. One day I got a message from one of my fans that my art had been stolen. By the time I got the message and clicked on the link to submit a report, the image had already been taken down and the user banned. If you produce enough work and gather a large enough following, your fans will be the first people to defend your work. They will recognize it quickly and they will support you in ways you never expect. Document dates, keep original files, but always post your art.

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SimonW   commented 31 days ago


Thanks Teshia. Good points. What I do is as follows: 1. Keep a spreadsheet detailing the date when the lyric was completed and other info such as the date I uploaded it to sites like Kompoz 2. I tend to upload my lyric to another songwriting site for feedback before I put it on Kompoz. And that site doesn't delete old posts, so if there ever was a dispute I could go back and find a time and date-stamped post showing that I had uploaded the lyric

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EdsonCastro   commented 30 days ago


Yes Simon, this site is free to record the written works. I think we do everything for love, so we don't think about money, if it comes it will be well received, but nothing is done thinking about the clinking of coins. So we do everything for love and we want to see our words spread around the world and we want those who hear to know that they are ours. Just that recognition, and it already has great value to the soul of an artist. That's why I register everything I write, even nonsense, even unused stuff.