Save Your Money with Easy Song
Copyrighting your original musical compositions or sound recordings with Easy Song will usually cost just $99 per work plus a $65 Federal Filing Fee. But there are some circumstances where we can file your songs together for as little as $19 per song! Our proprietary filing fee algorithm is unlike anything else on the market. We guarantee you will file accurately and pay the lowest possible price, saving you money over our competitors.
Breakdown of Pricing
Copyrighting fees are calculated based on the number and types of claims required for your project. In addition to our $99 Service Fee, each copyright filing requires a Federal Filing Fee for the Copyright Office to process your registration claim. 100% of your federal filing fee goes to the U.S. Copyright Office; for this reason, membership discounts and credits do not apply to the federal filing fees. Any copyrighting cost you see above $99 will only ever be for federal filing fees.
Determining Your Federal Filing Fee
When determining your federal filing fee, the Copyright Office has several options for filing your claim. They also have very specific guidelines on how songs can be grouped together and the fees that come along with those groupings. If you’ve ever tried to copyright your song and wound up asking questions like “What form do I use?”, “Which option do I choose?”, or “What do I do next?”, you are not alone! We hear this from customers every day and it’s why we offer our Copyrighting service in the first place.
The Copyright Office's fee per filing can range between $45 to $85, and sometimes up to 10 songs can be filed together. They generally allow songs to be grouped together if they are unreleased to the public, if all songs were written by the same author or joint authors, if all of the authors are named as claimants on all of the songs, and if all songs being registered are the same type of work. We have built our website to analyze details like your song’s release information, author information, claim information, and more. It evaluates this information and then compares it with the Copyright Office’s requirements for each filing option to find the best solution. By doing the heavy lifting for you, it quickly and accurately calculates not only how much your filing will cost but also which songs can be filed together. Where other services charge separate fees for every song, racking up your cost, we ensure that you will file for the lowest cost and still keep all of the legal protection that comes with registering your copyright.
Examples of How Our Checkout Works
- If Jonas writes and records an original song, then also records a cover song, we can file both parts of his original song in one filing because the musical composition and sound recording both have the same unique author and claim combination. Then, because his cover song is just the sound recording, it will need its own separate filing. Our checkout will charge $164 for his first song and $164 for his second song.
- If Cassie writes 10 songs by herself and hasn't released any of them, we can file all 10 songs together in just one filing with Cassie as the sole author and claimant. Our checkout will charge $184 to file all 10 songs, coming out to just $19 per song.
- If Will and Emma write 3 songs together, but then Emma writes a fourth song just by herself, the first 3 songs can be filed together but the fourth song will need to be filed by itself. Our checkout will calculate this automatically and charge $184 for the first 3 songs, and then $164 for the fourth song - averaging out to just $87 per song.
- If Noah writes 10 songs by himself, but then creates sound recordings of those 10 songs with his friend, Jacob, then those 10 recordings will have to be filed separately from their underlying musical compositions. This is because the unique author and claimant combination is different between the compositions (Noah) and the sound recordings (Noah + Jacob). Our checkout automatically identifies this and separates each song into the two filings, charging just $184 for the 10 compositions and $184 for the 10 sound recordings.
- If Dan writes, records, and releases 2 new songs by himself, then each song will need its own filing because they've been released to the public. Our checkout sees that the unique author and claimant combination is the same for both the musical compositions and the sound recordings, meaning it can group the compositions and their sound recordings together and only need $164 per song.
If you ever have questions or concerns about filing your copyright with Easy Song, feel free to send us a message or give us a call at 1-800-360-5192!