Songwriter U: Should I Copyright My Song?

Jeff Lysyczyn has been active in the music industry for over twenty-five years as an artist manager, major label employee, PR & Marketing consultant, and staff songwriter. He is an adjunct instructor in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University, and is the host of the “Music Business After Dark” vlog.

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He has negotiated and secured recording, publishing and booking agreements for his clients with companies including Sony Records, Big Machine Records and Publishing, Universal South Records, Curb Records, Rounder Records, Bigger Picture Group, Sony/ATV, E1, Curb Music Publishing, William Morris Endeavor, CAA, and several others. Additionally, Lysyczyn has forged partnerships for his clients with corporations including Dr. Pepper, NASCAR, Jagermeister, Susan G. Komen, Future Farmers of America (FFA), Special Olympics Tennessee, The Cartoon Network and others.

Big Show Music Co., a management company co-founded by Lysyczyn in 2007 has successfully re-invigorated the careers of several veteran recording artists as well as launching the careers of many developing talents. His unique and diversified background makes him an indispensable asset to his clients – a roster that has included Joe Diffie, Alex Williams, Lorrie Morgan, Raul Malo, Restless Heart, Mickie James and many other entertainers.

Prior to the formation of Big Show Music Co., Lysyczyn operated a sole proprietorship management & marketing company, was a management associate at Trifecta Entertainment, and served as A&R Coordinator at Warner/Reprise Nashville, where he was responsible for signing and producing the debut CD for the Dove award nominated Christian rock act Disciple.  

As a songwriter, his songs have been recorded by artists including The Wilkinsons and Doug Stone.  

Hailing from upstate New York, Lysyczyn is a Middle Tennessee State University graduate and also holds a degree from The Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY, where he majored in Audio Recording and Music Theory.


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  1. Hi Jeff,
    I’ve registered a bunch of lyrics on a website called Songbay, which has a process where it says it copyrights the lyrics and it provides a certificate for each one. I’m wondering if this is actually anything that is legal and protects the work, since you said that it isn’t legal unless you pay on

  2. I just submitted my song to the lyric contest, should I have registered it first? Or register it now?

    And are you saying this for people who are releasing songs in a big way, or does it count for people who go and play their songs at local gigs and other places as well? I know you said that noone can still it until it’s been introduced to them, but, I figure my first time letting anyone hear or read it (assuming I don’t win the contest 😉 ) will be at a pub or something.

    Thank you, and I hope that makes sense.


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