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Thanks for your question. I am a copyright solicitor in the UK with 35 years of experience in private practice and I hope that I can help you with your question today. Let me just read your question and I will either give you an initial answer or ask you for further information. I aim to respond to you as quickly as I can but sometimes I may want to take a little time to consider your question so as to give you the best answer I can.
Under the law music and lyrics are automatically copyright to the creator. You don’t need to actively apply for copyright. You own it already. However upload your work to a cloud server where it’s clear that you did so on a particular date so that you can prove you completed the work prior to that date. Alternatively there are commercial copyright registries that offer a storage service in return for a fee. This is not necessary however as long as you can prove the date of creation of your work.
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What you can do is enter into a licence agreement with the school whereby you grant them a licence to use the lyrics to produce their song. The licence retains your ownership and can specify that they can use the lyrics only for the purpose of that one song and is strictly for fundraising purposes. The licence can contain a copy of the lyrics and that way there is no doubt as to ownership and what they can be used for.
You will probably find something online or I can draft you something although it will cost £200 or so.
That’s not my field. If you post a separate question another expert should be able to help with this.
You’ll need to post your new question on a separate thread for another expert to pick it up for you.
You’re welcome. I hope this helped you today. Please do let me know if I can clarify anything, I am always happy to help. You are always welcome to ask a follow up question.