afThe following are links to various websites that are useful for the creative community.

COPYRIGHT.GOV – The Federal Copyright Office website: Search the Copyright Office database or review all Copyright Application Forms and Instructions for completing each Form. Informational Circulars and an FAQ are also available. Electronically file your copyright applications.

CREATIVECOMMONS.ORG – Informative site for the innovative Creative Commons program.

USPTO.GOV – The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office website: Great source of trademark and service mark information, searchable databases, and online forms for electronic filing.

FINDLAW.COM – Excellent general resource for laws of all kinds.

AFM.ORG – American Federation of Musicians – The Musicians Union.

ASCAP.COM – American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI.COM – Broadcast Music, Inc.

SESAC.COM – The Society of European Stage Authors and Composers

HARRYFOX.COM – The Harry Fox Agency: One stop shopping for obtaining information on songwriters, publishing companies and licenses for cover songs and other publishing rights.

MPA.ORG – The Music Publishers’ Association

GAG.ORG – The Graphic Artists Guild, publishers of the very informative, The Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines.

RACC.ORG – Portland Oregon’s Regional Arts & Culture Commission

THEMILLERASSOCIATES.COM – The Miller Associates – The very best accountants for creative businesses. Based in Portland, Oregon.

SOUNDEXCHANGE.COM – The Sound Exchange – Collector of digital sound recording revenue for labels, performers and owners of sound recordings.