The first thing you do after you have finished your song, your screenplay, your book, poem, short story or other creative endeavor is copyright your work. For a small fee, copyright offers protection from theft, unauthorized use, disputes over who created the work and can save you thousands of dollars.

Once the copyright is registered and you want to begin marketing your music, you’ll want to publish it. Whether through your own company or an established company, you’ll want to know about your publishing rights and revenue.