There are more people interested in songwriting than ever before and really this comes as no surprise. For many people songwriting comes naturally and there are a lot of different reasons for why people enjoy doing it. Some people enjoy writing songs to make others feel good while some people use songwriting as a way to release their emotions and feelings. It can be a lot of fun and you can be quite successful at it.
The issue of attaining a songwriting copyright is important regardless of whether you are just doing it as a hobby or planning to pursue it professionally. If you do not have a songwriting copyright on any song you write, if it were to get in the wrong hands before you had this copyright that person could basically take the song and claim it as their own. Sure this is pretty underhanded and rude but that is the way it works and we have seen it happen so many times before. A copyright allows you to have the right to sue and win against anyone who steals your work.
There are people who have spent years coming up with a hit song but did not go through the copyrighting process and had it stolen, with no proof that it was their own. The process is quick and simple. Copyright protection is actually acquired automatically when your work is created to begin with. For the copyright you need to go through the right organization.
You will need to register each song you write in order to get a copyright for each song separately. If you live in the United States you would therefore need to go through the U.S. Copyright Office. You may need to pay a fee to cover these services but it is well worth it. It is pretty easy and well worth the time and money.
Can you imagine if you wrote a hit song but got none of the credit or money because someone else took claim to it before you got a copyright? Make sure that you put a copyright notice on all published copies of your song so that others know you have gone through the process and that you have all the legal rights to the song. You can never be too trusting when you are in the singing and songwriting field. Just because they may not be the one actually singing the song, that does not give anyone else the right to take away the credit of their writing the song.