Adding copyright to my media upload website

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I have created a media upload website.
Anyway, I'm concerned that my dear users might upload songs or videos, only to have them stolen by renegades and losers
I applied for trademark of my website name today on legalzoom.
I once heard that having a provable version of art, eg, a recording/book in a mailing, is as good as copyright.
Can I have a text field for my artist 'Megatrons' to say for their song 'home invasion'
" Copyright @2017 Megatrons"
and that have meaning, legally?
What should I consider?
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So, whomever creates the "art", whether it be a photograph, song, video, etc., they automatically own the copyright to that work. As you will see photographers do, they embed their information in the metadata of their photograph and many times you will see a copyright notice on the image itself.  Sometimes this is a way to discourage others from stealing their work.

So, if you have a local artist that creates a song and uploads it, you can of course put the copyright information on the site.  If you want to further discourage downloads, some sites will have settings to not allow downloads.

To go a step further, now this is for photographers, but I would imagine the process is similar for a music artist, the work can be registered with the Library of Congress.  This is actually very common.  As a Photographer I would go to their website and upload a bunch of thumbnails of my images, pay about $50 and then they are registered.  It is not required, but it does make it easier to prosecute in the event the work is stolen as it is registered with the government.  As I said, I expect the process would be the same.

So, I would try to have my site restrict any downloads and of course, display the copyright information.
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Would I have a copyright text field on the upload page? autofilled to the year and username? - make some people feel okay?
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I don't know about your website or the upload page. I do know with pictures, you can embed extra metadata on it.  

You might just have a statement on the page or below the title or something that says "These works are protected by Copyright Law. Any unauthorized downloading or distribution without the express, written consent of the artist, is prohibited".
The only part-way realistic method of protecting the audio files uploaded to your space on the webserver would be to restrict browsing access to the folder containing the audio files and provide a short extract of each song in lower quality.  You then only allow registered users to listen to complete songs in better quality.  The problem is that you would have to carefully vet new user applications because any user might then be able to download and use the files for their own purposes.
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With all the legal suicides I've discovered about this media project, (several questions) - copyrights, prosecution due to prejudice on contest winners, and numerous others, I've deep 6'ed this one, and will be moving on to proposing to build a Jabba d'Hutt memorial palace to benefit the economy of Southeast North Carolina.

Thanks everyone
Thank you beavoid

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