A Question Relating To Legal Issues

Basically, I plan on releasing a three-track EP on the 4th of May and I wish to know how to copyright the album artwork, which was self-created along with every other aspect of the album. Should I simply put the three audio files and the front/ back EP cover images on a blank DVD, mail it to myself (using special delivery) and ensure that the envelope’s exterior clearly states its contents? I know it’s only “poor man’s copyright” but I’m not particularly bothered about using the system.

Cheers in advance guys and girls,
Matthew Clark [Ardeer]

Not my area of expertise, but I hope the following helps…



tunecore youtube

50 minute panel discussion on “Blanket Licensing”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBRuxTpkJCY

Safe creative is a digital alternative to the “poor man’s” method which generates a digital certificate of authenticity for your works, for free

Just don’t worry about copyrights. Release it and be happy when people notice it. You can creative commons it too if you’d like.

@00.1 - I have to admit, that is some damn fine an extensive research I’ll look through what I can of it when I have the time but it’s rather daunting a hungover afternoon! Thanks for the awesome finds anyway dude!

@IT-Alien - I’m amazed that I’ve never found this site. Sorry to sound like a total novice (I’m entirely new to the idea of releasing via other means that "poor man’s copyright) but is this genuinely a service which allows you, for free, to copyright various types of material without having to send a copy home to yourself at all? I’m guessing it’s pretty obvious; I just find it astounding considering the extortionate rates of some of the companies offering copyright protection.

@robotrobot - I’ve done that many a time in the past when releasing chiptunes online and, as much as I love the system, pretty much all of the samples in my release have been self-recorded and I’d quite like some copyright control over this one.

Ardeer: one thing is claiming copyright of a work, one other is defending your claim in a court. SafeCreative is a free service which allows you to “timestamp” a work, but this will not be enough to win every legal controvery you may encounter. Sure it is a point, and it is better than self-sending mails to yourself, but I can’t ensure you it would be enough in every circumstance.

reading their FAQ’s should answer any question, though, in which there is indeed a paragraph about their legal service; in a nutshell: signing your works with SafeCreative is an evidence, but you will still need legal help in order to win controversies