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    Welcome to the EvO:R Tips Section. We call this section EvO:R-Pedia because it is like a complete reference library for Indie musicians...Just about every tip has been used so you won't find false promises and a series of books to buy after reading each tip. This section was put here by musicians so that people that followed can take this knowledge and use it's power.


    Copyright For Musicians
    By Kirk Rolsett

    Many songwriters and musicians are nervous about looking into copyright law for music. What does it entail and what does it mean to make sure that you are going to be in a place where you can protect your music? The truth of the matter is that in many cases, simply declaring that your work is copyrighted to you in some fashion, whether that means that has a copyright line at the bottom of it or simply declaring it such. When you feel as though copyright infringement has occurred though, you will find that proving it is often the issue at hand.

    When you are looking at making sure that your work is protected, there are many things that you can do. If you have the money, you will find that you can consult with the United States Copyright Office, which will essentially bear witness to the fact that you are indeed the author or creator of a certain work. While this can be pricey, it is perhaps the best way to make sure that you are going to have your work protected in the event that someone tries to steal it for one purpose or another.

    Copyright infringement is most broadly defined as the unauthorized use of material that is covered by copyright law, in a situation where it will violate one of the copyright owner's exclusive rights, including, but not limited to, the right to reproduce or to perform the work in question, or even to make derivative work. This refers to the fact that if someone plays a song that you have written without your permission, or if they are selling copies of CDs of your work, this would constitute copyright infringement and they could legally be brought up for it.

    When you are looking to make sure that your work is protected, but you are unsure about sending in money to the United States Copyright Office, there are lots of different things that you can try. Some people will send their work to themselves in the mail, leaving the letter sealed and allowing the post mark to stand witness. Other people will look into electronic posting to preserve their work.

    No matter where you are at, there is a good chance that you are going to be in a position where you need to think about what you can do to protect your work, so start thinking about it now. What can you do to make sure that your work is going to be protected?

    Kirk Rolsett is an avid musician/writer over 25 years who also writes for Great Music Source, a website that features various resources for musicians and music students of all ages, such as online lessons, the music business, and protecting your creative property.

    Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Kirk_Rolsett

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