**Guest post written by Clay Mills, hit songwriter, producer, performer, and founder of SongTown.com.
"For years I have heard the phrase “Poor Man’s Copyright” thrown around in songwriting circles. The term is often brought up as a cheap alternative to an official $35 copyright from the US Copyright Office...BUT..."
**Guest post written by Yannick Illunga of The Jazz Spotlight, as featured on The Jazz Spotlight.
"If you ask artists if they are serious about their music career, most will answer affirmatively. Not many take care of the legal side of their career, though...Whether you’re about to graduate from music school or have been an indie artist for years, you can follow these simple tips that will avoid you huge legal headaches in the future."
**Guest post originally featured in the DIY Musician Blog.
"Copyright law tends to get thrown under the bus in favor of more interesting topics like marketing and social media, but it’s actually one of the most important things to understand as an indie musician...You can leave the finer points of the law to lawyers, but you should have a solid understanding of the basics. Not only will this knowledge help you feel more at ease when discussing contracts, you’ll also be able to secure income streams and protect your rights. Here’s 5 points of copyright that every musician should know..."