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How to Copyright.
If you desire to copyright your own composition or any other piece of music, address a letter to the Librarian of Congress, Copyright Office, Washington, D. C, and kindly request him to mail you one or more Application Copyright Registration Blanks, which he will send you free of charge. Directions for filling out Application Blanks and fullest information on how to proceed to obtain correct coyprights for your compositions will be found upon the back of the Blank. Entry fee for a composition is 50c.; Certificate fee 50c. extra; making a total of One Dollar.
The law explicitly requires, in addition, the transmission of a printed copy of the title, which must be sent with the Applica­tion in order to insure entry of copyright. If typewritten title is sent it will be used, but at the risk of the applicant. No entry can be made upon a written title. Preferably the printed title cover of music should be sent, when this contains complete title with names of author of the words and composer or arranger of the music and the instrumentation. Typewritten titles are accepted upon the sole responsibility of the sender.
The law also requires, in addition to the entry of title, the deposit of two complete copies of the best edition of the work itself, not later than the day of publication in this or any foreign country.
Copies of the blank application forms can be obtained as stated above. Make requests for blank forms in separate com­munications, not as part of a letter relating to other copyright business.
Remittances should always be made preferably by money order, or by express order or blank draft. Currency or coin should not be sent, and checks only upon special arrangement with the Register of Copyrights. Postage stamps should under no circumstances be sent for copyright fees.
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