Songwriting is a very popular hobby, one that many people around the world enjoy, now more than ever thanks to shows like American Idol and The X Factor which have brought singing and songwriting more into the mainstream than ever before. For many people songwriting comes naturally and there are a lot of different reasons for why people enjoy doing it. For some it helps them to heal wounds and for others it is just a lot of fun. Songwriting can relieve stress and help people to tackle things in life.
If this is something you have an interest in, one thing you will need to learn more about is songwriting copyright. This is a copyright that protects your written work so that no one else can get their hands on your song and claim it as being their own. It is a sneaky thing to do but some people will do that if it means they are going to get to take credit for something and use it to build their fame. At least with a songwriting copyright you know you can legally sue a person for taking credit for something that is yours.
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 of getting a songwriting copyright is extremely simple to do so there is no long complicated process to go through. Basic protection occurs the minute you actually write the song. Once you write or create something it is yours but this does not offer proof.
In order to keep things simple and ensure no one can take credit for your song you want to get proof of ownership and copyright which you can do by registering the song. The U.S. Copyright Office is where you would head to if you wanted to get a copyright for a song. You fill out a simple form offering some basic personal information, pay a small fee and you are done. It is pretty easy and well worth the time and money.
To get a copyright for a song it only takes a matter of minutes. 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. All the professional songwriters should have a copyright for each and every one of their songs. Everyone wants to become rich and famous so protect your work and yourself.