I am an utter novice and layman when it comes to matters of copyright law, production, etc., and naturally, the place to go to for such advice is the SDMB:
I’m an amateur music composer and have done a recording of my compositions. (They’re all relatively short compositions, a few minutes in length, piano pieces.) It took a few years to get this music album fully composed. I’m planning on publishing the music on Amazon, in a CD, etc.
But copyrighting and all that is where I get absolutely lost. I don’t know how to copyright the music, how to have my music available for download on sellers like Amazon, and how to get music CDs made “professionally” (however one defines that.)
Has anyone here at SDMB gone down this route before and can offer advice? Do I need to send my music to the Copyright Office with a form, a copy of my music, and some fee?
How do professional musicians usually get music CDs made? (The formal-looking ones with CD jacket/cover, disk case, disk labels, etc.) Through a company?
How do musicians sell their music MP3 recordings as downloads on websites like Amazon? Do they have to “apply” for Amazon seller privilege and get approved?
Is there any substantial difference between copyrighting music and literature such as a novel?
Is my music technically “steal-able” or plagiarize-able before I get it copyrighted? (In other words, one should get one’s music copyrighted ASAP?)
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I’m perplexed.