Hi all- I did a quick search for this but results seemed to vary a lot, so I wanted to throw it out to you; at worst, you can direct me to the most relevant previous threads. I have been elected as the financial/tax/legal guy in our band, which makes sense since I'm generally the most anal and/or organized. Since we are now recording our first album (we're taking a mini-album approach of 5-6 songs), the idea of copyrighting came up. The singer brought up the old idea of mailing yourself a copy of the recording on a CD, but I'm wondering if there isn't a better or more modern way to do it. Seeing how we are in the age of digital music, how do you guys protect your tunes to make sure the melody or relevant parts aren't poached by other bands who might hear your music online? We are offering our music for free, so making it private until we publish it or whatever might be only peripherally relevant. I don't say this assuming we are super-awesome or anything, but more in a best-practice preventative way. Any info you can provide on how you account for this in your original band would be highly appreciated!