Making sure work isn't stolen?

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  1. John Matrix

    John Matrix SS.org Regular

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    Not been active here in a long while but I know you guys tend to be in the know about this kind of stuff. I've tabbed out a bunch of songs in Guitar Pro that I want to send out to potential band members, how can I ensure that the music can't be stolen?
     
  2. Necris

    Necris Bonitis.

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    To be completely honest you really can't as far as I'm aware. Once you've sent someone the tabs of everything you've written it's out of your hands.
     
  3. The Uncreator

    The Uncreator Control The Sun

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    Have some form of written, video, or some kind of documentation showing you had the songs in your possession before they did. Simplest thing I could think of would be making a video showing the tabs and something that shows the date and time of year that clearly cant be changed, like a news website or something.

    Very crude but I know people who have done it. Or, you can register an ISRC for it? Then you would be the sole owner of that code, as long as you know it and no one else does then it should be fine.

    However that takes time and money to do.
     
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    texshred777 SS.org Regular

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    I may be incorrect, but the various "poor man's copyright" methods-mailing it to yourself, etc doesn't hold up in court(in the US anyway-I don't know about abroad).

    If you think you have something I'd err on the side of caution and properly register for copy rights to your IP.
     
  5. Narrillnezzurh

    Narrillnezzurh Sir Clipsalot

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    texshred777 is correct, that kind of thing doesn't actually work. You will have to record whatever you can of the material, and purchase a copyright on it. My memory's a bit hazy on the process, but it isn't particularly long, and it's not expensive. Do some digging of your own on taking out a copyright, see what's involved, and what you need to do to get the process started.

    And it might not be my place to ask, but why are you sending original music out to "potential" band members?
     
  6. Floppystrings

    Floppystrings No like the floppy

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    Sweep the leg Johnny.
     
  7. Deadnightshade

    Deadnightshade U gonna eat that?

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    Make crappy music :lol:
     
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    Volteau the Bard Contributor

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    JamesM The Armada

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    You can't. Don't send it unless you're sure of them. Trust me.
     
  10. Dan_Vacant

    Dan_Vacant Hi I'm Dan.

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    threaten to wale then with a length of chain!
     
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    There are only 12 notes. No matter how original you think your music is someone has probably already created the same melody. Therefore you probably need to create a full composition, press a CD and then copyright it by sending it to the government. Then you have some legal recourse.
     
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    kind of what i did. joined a band weeks ago and they asked me to write a song. isn't the best but it's ok. i'm keeping my better songs to myself for now :D
     

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