Hi folks, this is actually a legal question rather than a software/technical one.
I’m going to be printing my own composition and want to make it available to the public. I’ve flipped through a bunch of my sheet music books and looked at the footnotes of them, aiming to put something similar on my work.
As an example of the format used by many it says:
Copyright © 1968 Sony/ATV Songs LLC
All Rights Administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, 8 Music Square West, Nashville, TN 37203
International Copyright Secured All Rights Reserved
My understanding has been that if you create your own work, by default you hold the copyright and it doesn’t have to be registered in some obscure database somewhere and you are entitled to put Copyright © 2019 your name/company. But I’m wondering about this “International Copyright Secured” how does one secure a copyright? And what about “All Rights Reserved”? What does that even mean? Or is it just a statement that goes alongside Copyright?
Has anyone else here self-published their own works? Are there specific legals rules one should be aware of? Do I have to register my own publishing company? “Sunny16 Music Publishing” or can I just put my name there and my copyright is legal?
One other question, considering all of the above is all taken care of, what do I need to do in order to get an ISBN number? I think all books published require one?
Any advice on this stuff would be great. Thanks!