No, your music is copyrighted the moment you create it but for extra protection you may wish to register your songs for copyright before they are released. This can be done with numerous websites on the internet for a fee. You will need to find a legitimate website that offers this service, upload your songs, enter your details and pay a fee. Please bear in mind that registering for copyright protection is not the same as registering your recordings or songs with a collective rights society.
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