This copyright service is used by both professional and aspiring songwriters and composers to register and securely store copies of their original songs, music and lyrics. (Songwriters and composers deposit copies of their work as legal evidence and proof of copyright ownership)
The Songrite Copyright Office is based in the United Kingdom and deals exclusively with music based copyrights including lyrical works.
All registered works receive a numbered Registration Certificate plus a Ten Year Safe Storage Contract for the submitted works.
Each individual copyright registered work is stored in our secure archives for a minimum of ten years from the date of registration and is endorsed by a Ten Year “Authors Safe Keeping” contract. We issue to all copyright claimants who register works with this copyright office . The contract commences from the date as stated on the issued copyright certificate.
You will be contacted prior to the expiration of the contract and offered the option of extending your storage facility.
Some countries have no provision for registering copyrights and can offer no alternative other than the futile exercise of “Poor Man’s Copyright“. (see copyright facts)
Should any of the following happen and you wish to seek redress;
You will be required to provide absolute proof of ownership which is acceptable in a court of law, unfortunately within the scope and extent of the legal world “poor man’s copyright” does not provide this requisite proof of ownership and would not be acceptable as solid evidence. This alternative copyright method is deeply flawed and easily circumvented by anyone with a modicum of ability, rendering this practice useless and totally unacceptable as proof of copyright ownership.
A certificate of registration provides solid proof and affords the required legal evidence to support the named claimant as the registered copyright owner of the work as described upon the said certificate. (as from the date of registration). This unequivocal evidence can be used in a court of law to support your claim should a dispute or an infringement occur. We also retain backup copies of your work that are time stamped as from the date of registration.
There is no viable, affordable or easy obtainable alternative to copyright registration.
We also include the registration of your band or stage name when you register your works.
Submitting Songs and Lyrics
You can submit your songs music and lyrics for copyright registration either direct online or by using the regular mail service, just select the method that suits you best. You can learn more from the three links here. —Submit Online or Regular Mail Submissions. Note. On-line submission requires membership of COGS.
You will be presented (via email) with all the information we have collated with regard to your submitted work. You then have the opportunity to alter, modify, cancel or confirm all the details presented to you. At this stage If you wish to continue, you will receive an update of the final draft before making payment.
You pay the registration fee only when you are completely satisfied all details and information have been correctly presented to you. All on-line payments are made through a secure server and several currency options are available. Mail clients can pay either by cheque or international money order.
Registration, however, is no guarantee against infringement. The Copyright Office is not responsible for policing, or checking on registered works and their use, and cannot guarantee that the legitimacy of ownership or originality in a work registered by Songrite will never be questioned.