When should you get a copyright or work patented?

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    When should you get a copyright or work patented?

    I have written a song that I think is very good work that could possibly be picked up by an artist. I have the contact
    information for one artist in particular. At what point should I look into getting copyrights for my song? I am nervous to send it in without anything showing that it is my work. I would like to believe that other's out there would not try to
    take credit for my creation, but I am nervous to just let it go out into the world without protecting my rights to it. What steps should I take so that I can avoid anything negative like that from happening?


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    You can register a federal copyright on the song with the U.S. copyright office and then send it to the artist.
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