I apologize for yet another copyright/band rant thread. I've searched through many of the other ones and have gained a lot of valuable info. and am just looking to get advice and opinions on my situation. I apologize for the length as well, and you can skip through to the last couple of paragraphs. So about 2 years I met a guitarist who I got along with very well. We shared many of the same influences, and just meshed great. Since meeting, he and I have been through thick and thin trying to form a band. We've gone through 11+ drummers, 7+ rhythm guitarists, and numerous other members. I helped him go from a combo amp with a Squier guitar, to a tube halfstack and a number of good guitars and effects pedals. I spent days and nights looking for the best deals, and even did the hour long drives to pick things up. We'd been through a lot, and I could honestly call him my best friend. Things had been going well this past year. We found a solid and talented drummer, a great second lead guitarist, and we had just found a new singer within the last month. We left off last Monday's practice in high spirits, and we had all agreed that we would be going in to record within 6 weeks (we even did the admittedly gay "put your hands in, count to 3, and yell band name circle" thing). We were all really excited. Well about 3 days later, we all get a message on Facebook saying he had an epiphany, and decided he longer wanted to play with us. He wanted to pursue other dreams and life goals, like school, work, family etc. We all wished him the best of luck, told him he'd be missed, said there were no hard feelings, and we invited him to play on the recordings if he wanted to. Everything seemed to be fine. Fast forward to today: He and I both work for the same car transport company but different departments (he drives the cars and I do the paperwork). I hear him come into the office at the end of the day and asks if I'm there and hear my cousin (who's also a coworker and our new singer) say "yeah, he's in the other room, go talk to him." He had mentioned wanting to talk to me the day before, but I didn't think anything of it. The conversation started off well, and since I hadn't seen him in about a week I asked him how his day was and stuff, how many cars he moved, models, etc. Just being polite and catching up. Things were going well when out of no where he decides to get off what was on his chest and basically says "So I went and copyrighted our songs. I put them under my name, and I did the art too. I want to protect whats mine." At this point I was really shocked, confused, and pretty angered. He went behind all of our backs and tried to copyright everything without giving us credit. I honestly can't remember very much of what he or I said after that. I couldn't think, and was literally shaking with anger. I told him to just get out after that. I found out from my cousin afterward that the guitarist had told him the night before and was just as shocked as I was, and that the guitarist wasn't even going to tell me and that was why he had yelled at him to go talk to me when he came asking for me. I'm now left wondering what my best course of action should be. I researched and read that copyrights don't work the way he thinks they do. He can't just go out and put everything under his name without giving us writer's credits (or at least I hope). And I doubt he can do much about the art and logos and things. I have receipts, paypal transaction, and bank records that show that I've payed for all of that with my own money. We're still planning to go in and record, which admittedly will be a bit more difficult because he and I were going to split the costs. He's trying to claim the songs as his, and receive credit for everything, including parts he didn't write. I'm wondering if we should file for copyright as well, but the right way, with name of every person who wrote and contributed on there. And if so, should we do it asap? We have multiple home recordings, with everyone on there including him. I even have a few of when it was just the two of us, but with different members and different versions of the songs. Or should we wait until we have the songs professionally recorded and arranged? That will take between 2-3 months. What would you guys do or suggest?