From the "...Ask Darcie" website.
This information assumes that you are the original creator of the work. These instructions are for FORM PA which protects
the COMPOSITION of music and lyrics and other written art intended for performance.
To copyright a Sound Recording, use FORM SR but also file FORM PA for the actual song.
You can copyright more than one composition for form, as long as they are on cassette or CD or double cassette or double
CD. The cost is $30 per form.
Hope this info on the copyright form helps you out! Please let me know if you need more info.
SECTION BY SECTION HELP ON THE FORM PA
Title - either song title or if you are registering a bunch of songs or lyrics under one form, Write BOOK 1 or COLLECTION
Previous or Alternative - leave blank
Nature of this work: What it is you are sending
a. your real name
Work for Hire: Check NO - unless you are commissioned by and paid by anyone to write this material - ask me for help in
Citizen of ___
Year of birth
Anonymous: Check NO
Pseudononymous? IF you want to do this... you have an MC name or something that you always want to use, check YES but
next to your REAL NAME write Pseud. and then put this MC name
Otherwise check NO
Nature of Authorship; What you wrote (lyrics and melody for example)
b and c are the same info for another person if you cowrote otherwise, skip to section 3
a. When did you complete the work? b. If the songs have been published (performed in a live venue or on a retail CD enter
Provide all name and address info for claimants (those who are in spaces a. b. or c. of section 2)
Transfer - LEAVE BLANK
Assuming this is the first time you are copyrighting this work, check NO
Skip to section 6
If this work is not in a compilation of someone elses work or you are not adding to it , skip to 7
IF YOU ARE USING ANYONE ELSE'S WORK *Samples or cover songs* you must indicate that and attach your license copy with
the form!!!! Your copyright will most likely be denied and you will lose your $30 if you do not indicate your licenses. You
cannot copyright works with anyone else's uncleared contribution!!
a. Most people don't have a deposit account. If you did not sign up for a deposit account, leave blank.
b. Fill out section 7b. completely
8. You are the AUTHOR
Completely fill out the rest of the form
You must include a copy of the music/lyrics on CD or cassette, $30 for the whole thing *can be multiple songs) table of
I recommend you send this overnight postal mail - fastest way to get proof of receipt. It costs about 13.00
Let me know if you have more questions!!!