ASCAP Provides Members Free Copyright Protection with MyWerx

Film Music Magazine • November 23, 2010

MyWerx and ASCAP have teamed up to provide ASCAP members with 600 MB of free copyright protection through its WerxProof service.

MyWerx simple copyright management platform provides songwriters with WerxPost, a free database for managing their life’s work, and WerxConnect, a social network that connects Creators and their collaborators to their work. According to the company, the MyWerx web application and iPhone application deliver the best possible proof that you are the creator of your works. The evidence includes geolocation (where you were when you created it), dates and time stamps, who you created it with, and multiple copies of the work are easily stored and shared as the work develops.

MyWerx is a software company providing Life Cycle Copyright Management solutions. MyWerx patent pending technology is a platform that allows creators to manage their life’s work in one location for free, coupled with a subscription based copyright protection service. It offers business owners and representatives of a work with metadata validation and chain of title documentation solution. The platform keeps all interested parties in a work up-to-date in real time.


By Michael Levanios on November 23rd, 2010 at 9:52 am

All well and good except for one small detail. In order to bring a suit based upon copyright infringement in US Federal court you MUST have a registered copyright.

This seems like a high tech version of the “poor mans” copyright. Yes you will establish a date, but it won’t get you into court — unless you are the defendant..

By Gayle Upshaw on November 23rd, 2010 at 9:57 am

Sounds interesting….Ho’s it all going to work and when will it get underway.??

By Cass von Braun on November 23rd, 2010 at 10:28 am

This sounds promising, and very much needed. I will look into it immediately! Thanks,

By Michael Levanios on November 23rd, 2010 at 12:06 pm

The point of my previous comment is that unless the laws have changed, I do not believe that MyWerx can substitute for an actual copyright registration. Perhaps it can act as a management tool, or database. However, it should most likely function as an adjunct to, not alternative to, federal registration, as the title of the article implies.

Please clarify with more detail before composers assume, perhaps mistakenly, that this service functions as a copyright.

By DJ Giovanni on November 24th, 2010 at 12:20 am

You still need to protect your work through the copyright office. That is the only clear and definite way to have your case stand up in court for copyright infringement, that disclaimer is still on the Copy Right Office’s website. This is only a management tool, and the title of this article needs to be changed. You can manage your own copyrights on your pc or mac at home with several different software tools. @Michael, you are correct, the laws have not changed, and some people will be fooled into believing this is a free way to copyright your music. Shame on ASCAP for getting involved in this. FREE is not always free believe that!!

By Ted G on November 25th, 2010 at 8:17 am

I think Michael has a good point. the ad says “Free copyright protection” it should be clarified. Also, “subscription based copyright protection service” Will there be a charge for this? In gerneral, I think this service is a great idea but I think there are details that need to be cleared up.

Ted G

By Ken on November 25th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I’d have to agree with Michael Levanios. In order to obtain the right to sue another for infringement, you have to register the work with the federal registration office. So far, this looks like it’ll only protect YOU from being sued just as a poor man’s copyright would.

Now if this gives me the right to sue another for infringement, it would be more than worth it. It’s a great idea, but lacks the full legal protection.

By Bob R on November 26th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

All bring up good points. Sounds like a great idea at first. @ Ted G.’s question, yes, what if one stops paying for the monthly subscription based service? Would they get locked out from their repository of information?

By Michael Levanios on November 29th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

The “article” is not actually an article. It is a word for word copy of the MyWerx / ASCAP press release. As such, it’s more or less an advertisement.

To be clear, the creator of a work owns the copyright in the work the moment it is fixed in a tangible medium. For composers, that can be on paper, or in a sound recording. However, if you feel that someone has infringed upon your copyright and you want to file suit,you must do that in federal court. State courts do not have jurisdiction over copyright matters. In order to file suit in federal court your work must be registered with the US Copyright office.

Further into the MyWrex promotional materials, they refer to their “protection” as “evidence” of when you created the work. Composers should be clearlyadvised that this is not a copyright substitute or alternative.

By Jason Bush on November 30th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

When I/You Register your music with ASCAP they ask for your Copyright Number for that piece of music. On the Title Registration page they do ask if Copyright is Pending, does this system suffice for your number?
As others have said here, there needs to be much more clarification by ASCAP.

By Clyde Strong on December 15th, 2010 at 8:12 am

I have read the comments listed above and it seems to me that most of those who left a comment must have only read the article/advertisement.

My understanding of Mywerx is that it a tool to help save artist the $35.00 for every song they create. That can become expensive for a song that may never be commercially released.

So, Mywerx is a place to list your work and establish a creation date and annotate your splits between your artist, that’s documented with the opportunity to send all contributors a message to verify and confirm the information listed. It is like an artist agreement that shows that all that were involved with a production agreeded on what was produced and the the spits are correct.

The site clearly tells you that you need to register the song with the copyright office if you plan to commercially release the song.

It explains their logic with time restraints because of people trying to save money on copyrights by copyrighting compulations

It is working but still needs work. Support is nice.

What I would like to see is Mywerx being a pre register site where information from mywerx could be easy transcribe to the online copyright office.

By Giselle on July 17th, 2011 at 2:41 am

Some of you are missing info here. Right before you sue someone you can obtain a copyright for ALL THE WORKS that you alleged the person stole from you. Instead of paying $35 a thousand times you can just pay for the works they stole from you.

This service saves you money because it provides proof you created the work of art before this person did. Chances are the person did not get a copyright for what they stole. But even if they did, if MyrWerx can establish when you created the work, if MyWerx and/or others can testify to the soundness and accuracy of MyWerx then the courts will all but likely rule in your favor. It seems like legalspeak slippery bs territory to everyone but laywers but basically…
When is my work protected?
Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.

Do I have to register with your office to be protected?
No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “Copyright Registration.”

Even though registration is not a requirement for protection, the copyright law provides several inducements
or advantages to encourage copyright owners to make regis­ tration. Among these advantages are the following:
• Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim.

• Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, regis­ tration is necessary for works of U.S. origin….

• If made before or within five years of publication, regis­ tration will establish prima facie evidence in court of the validity of the copyright and of the facts stated in the certificate.

• If registration is made within three months after publica­ tion of the work or prior to an infringement of the work, statutory damages and attorney’s fees will be available to the copyright owner in court actions. Otherwise, only an award of actual damages and profits is available to the copyright owner.

By Giselle on July 17th, 2011 at 3:06 am

So in summary:

You work is protected ONCE YOU MAKE IT!! IF YOU WANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR INCLUDE A “COPYRIGHT PHRASE”/disclaimer/warning on all your works, digital and non digital. If you WRITE “COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL” all over it, NO COURT CAN AGREE THE THEIF *JUST* didn’t KNOW!

If someone steals you work you can run to the copyright office/file online your copyright. If they already filed one with your work, ITS COURT TIME and you’ll have to PROVE YOU MADE IT FIRST!

HENCE these types of services. That’s why they’re here for.


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