Does ASCAP Copyright your music?

ASCAP does not register music for the purpose of copyright protection; this is the responsibility of the writer(s) and publisher(s) of any given work. You can register your music for copyright protection through the Library of Congress which can be reached at 202-707-3000 or on the web at

What are the 3 performing rights organizations in the US?

What is a performing rights organization?

  • Three competing PROs (ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC)
  • A separate MRO, dedicated to mechanical royalties collection (The HFA, acquired by SESAC in 2015)
  • A dedicated CMO, collecting digital performance royalties from webcasters (SoundExchange)

Is ASCAP a performing rights organization?

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) (/ˈæskæp/) is an American not-for-profit performance-rights organization (PRO) that protects its members’ musical copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music, whether via a broadcast or live performance and compensating them accordingly.

How do performing rights organizations make money?

Performing Rights Organizations (or PROs) help songwriters and publishers get paid by collecting one of the most important forms of music publishing revenue: performance royalties. [To read about the various kinds of publishing royalties you can generate through the usage of your music, click HERE.]

Is my music protected by copyright?

Your song’s music and lyrics are protected by copyright as soon as you record them, even if it’s just a rough recording on your cell phone. But to get the full benefit of copyright protection, including the right to sue people for infringing your copyright, you must register it with the U.S. Copyright Office.

How do you copyright a song?

How to Copyright A Song Step 1: Record Your Song in a “Tangible Medium” Step 2: Register for An Account at the U.S. Copyright Office Website. Step 3: Fill out the Copyright Registration Application Step 4: Pay the Registration Fee Step 5: Submit a Copy of Your Song Step 6: Wait for Your Registration to Be Processed

Which copyright form to use for a song?

To copyright a song (lyrical form), the individual should use the U.S. Copyright Office’s PA form. To copyright music, meaning a recorded song, the individual should use the SR form.

What is the copyright of a song?

A music copyright is actually a bundle of separate exclusive rights. When you copyright songs, you have the right to: Make and distribute copies of the song on sheet music, records, tapes, CDs and certain digital media. You also have the exclusive right to make and distribute the first sound recording of the song.