How it works
Your song is already copyrighted to you in the very moment it was created
“No publication or registration or other action in the Copyright Office is required to secure copyright.” – Circular 1, US Copyright Office, Library of Congress. The public Circular 1 from the US Copyright Office makes clear what the registration of a song with the US Copyright Office does and does not. We strongly recommend you to read this document, as it has been proven to be an excellent tool for ceasing several misconceptions that were taken for granted through the past years. US laws are in accordance with the Berne Convention, which sets that rights over an intellectual work exist from the very moment of their creation, not depending of any formality, such as the register or issue of any document by a government office.
The Berne Convention is the keystone to the copyright laws for United States and other 163 countries, which standardized the basics for protection over intellectual work such as music. All the countries party to the Berne Convention may have created additional laws and acts towards extra protection, but never reducing or suspending what has already been set by the Convention.
What you need is proof of copyright.
Even with that in mind, songwriters often feel insecure about submitting their material (and large companies to accept unsolicited submissions) because they know sometimes down the road some song shark may try to steal their songs. When that happens, a legal dispute would eventually take them to court and who brings an oldest-dated and undeniable declaration of copyright for that song stands with total advantage over his opponent.
Many countries around the world have created their own laws and special offices to deal with copyright of intellectual creation. These offices, like the US Copyright Office for example, are able to witness the declaration of songwriters who affirm they have created original music. Remark that they don’t create any right for the songwriter, neither an ultimate proof of copyright. What they provide is an undeniable dated proof that a songwriter affirms to be the author of that song.
Understanding that, songwriters who want to avoid the forms and fees (and waiting up to 22 months to receive a government issued copyright certificate), have been recurred to alternative methods of obtaining proof of copyright. The amazing inventive power of songwriters brought them to find other potential witnesses to their copyrights such as friends, fans, and even the Post Office or their CD burner. Unfortunately, those methods are ineffective, because they can be easily faked and friends or fans don’t look too reliable in court.
Get your Copyrighted Songs Certificate©!
The concept of CopyrightedSongs.com is to provide a tool for songwriters to obtain a legally binding electronic document, stating their creation of original musical work. The Copyrighted Songs Certificate© is a PDF file, containing elements that are able to uniquely identify the MP3 type file that the songwriter submitted as being a representation of his musical creation, and the declaration of copyright over such material, along with all other features of the Certificate, are secured and time-stamped, preventing any modifications or fraud, through a digital signature provided by world leaders Certification Authorities such as GlobalSign®.
You will receive your Copyrighted Songs Certificate© for each song you successfully upload to our website, usually in up to 3 business days. Also, you can keep track of how many times your song was listened to or downloaded (if you allow it to be downloaded – by members only). Below is a sample of the Copyrighted Songs Certificate©, with proper explanation of its features.
1- Digital Signature: This signature is what makes your Certificate valid in court. Your Certificate is signed by Copyrighted Songs’ CEO and Founder, Mr. Luis Santana. Right click on the signature and select “Show Signature Properties”. Here you can verify the document’s integrity (showing it has not been modified), the signer’s identity and timestamp. Note that the timestamp in NOT from the signer’s computer clock, but from an external trusted Timestamp Authority. CDS (Certified Document Services) signatures help ensure the highest level of document integrity because the user's digital credentials must be stored on a cryptographic hardware device, and they must be issued by a WebTrust certified authority which uses strict verification guidelines.
2- Sequential Song# - Timestamp: year + month + day + hour (24 hour system) + minute + second. This is the automatically generated number of your song at www.copyrightedsongs.com. The number before the hyphen shows the sequential order of your song submission to the website, and the number after the hyphen displays the exact time when that occurred (GMT).
4- Song’s information: Song title, style and variation, and its precise length (duration).
5- Waveform: The waveform image for your song, which is a software generated image that shows the sound peaks of your music through time and tends to be unique for each sound file.
6- Co-writer(s). If you are not the only songwriter for that song, the name of any other co-writer(s) will be displayed in this area, according to the information you provided when uploading your song. Once this field’s information can also be viewed by other members and visitors of the website, we require you to enter here only the pseudonym (name as songwriter) of the co-writer(s). Use the field named “Additional Info” to enter detailed and personal data about them, such as complete name and document type and number.
7- Performer. You can indicate who the performer of that song is.
8- Additional Info. This area displays detailed info about eventual co-writers, like their full name, document type and number, etc. If you find it necessary, when uploading your song you can also add any relevant information about your song, such as: Credits to musicians; producer; arranger; if and where that song is published at; or any other important info. This field’s info will be displayed only in the Certificate, but NOT at the website.
9- Lyrics. If your song contains any lyrics you can type or paste it when uploading your song, so it will also appear on your Certificate.
10- Filename. The filename of the MP3 type file you submitted as representing your original composition.
11- Hash Data. The hash data values derived from several different Hash Data Functions. Hash Data is the analysis of the binary data of the file. This analysis generates a code that is unique for your song. Some of the Hash Data Functions used to process your file are standards of the US government. PLEASE NOTE that any change on your MP3 file will result on a different hash data value. Even if you cut or add a simple bit to the file, change or let any software tag that sound file after your submission to our website, it will result on a completely different hash data value. That’s one of the reasons why we strongly request you to make safe backups of that submitted sound file and keep it unchanged.