Hi. I have met a producer who is interested in mixing a song of mine. I don't know him and am 99% sure I can trust him but want to make sure I've protected myself. We do want to do this soon and the only methods I've found take months to copyright any material. I have already mailed and postmarked a copy of the song to myself which may or may not hold water but I knew it wouldn't hurt. We also have emails back and forth of course about the mixing and such. My question is what would be the most effective property protection I can do and still move forward because I do not want to scare him off by saying I don't trust him and need to copyright it first?
copyright protection arises automatically, registration is not required (but has benefits)
you should register the copyright, but you are fine now as well
just keep a good record of what this producer is saying he is going to do and what the terms are....make sure its clear who owns the copyright to the new, mixed version ofthe song
and make sure all important terms (like copyright ownership) are in writing ahead of time
Hi. I'm having a lot of problems with this site, it's very slow for me. Anyway, terrific answer very clear and I kind of thought that it "arises automatically". Terrific, thanks again. 5 smilies.
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