Publishing self-penned tunes online; questions on ownership and copyright
Having been playing ITM for a few years, I’ve begun writing tunes myself this past year or so. (I know thesession.org is not the place for self written tunes, and I have no intention of putting them up here). I was just wondering - I’m keen to get them online somewhere, simply because tunes were written to be played, shared and (hopefully) enjoyed. So, I’m thinking about getting a free website / blog page (something like wordpress), and sticking the tunes up there.
My question is - how does ownership of the tunes work in that case? Is there anything in particular I need to write alongside the tunes to "claim" them as mine? Is there any official process to go through? I want them to be up there, free for anyone to find and play, but (yes it seems unlikely) if someone did want to play any of the tunes during paid gigs, or even record them… how does that work? Do I need to be registered with the PRS to have any legal claim to the tunes, or is it enough to simply say on the website "these were written by me". (Obviously I’d be very happy if someone did want to record one of the tunes - I’d just want to be sure it was done right so I was credited!). And as a related question - if I was to record any of the tunes later with my band… is there anything I should know?