How does an Amateur Copyright a Song?

How should an amateur songwriter go about getting a copyright for their first couple of songs?

I have only written lyrics and have a melody in my head, but I'm not a musician/singer so do not have actual music for it. I'm looking for a way to protect the song before reaching out to musicians to help create the music for it.

I'm completely new to the music industry and appreciate all advice!

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  •  Hello James. 


    First you’ll want to make a copy of your song(hard copy) 

    Then you need to register it and pay the fee for the government to register your song. Hope this helps. Good luck 

    https://www.copyright.gov/

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    • this is helpful, i've also been wondering this. thank you.


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