I’m probably doing myself a large disservice by evening entering this strange thread and peeking my head in.
But… that Is exactly the type of thing I do.
I’m trying to make heads or tails of the questions you’re posing. Seemingly, a professional songwriter hasn’t weighed in (meaning a songwriter paid on retainer, living from royalties and experienced in pitching signed artists through camp interaction or based on reputation and being paid to write), though you’ve gotten particularly strong advice from a professional producer/sound engineer, though comparing pro writing to artist owned mechanical royalties isn’t really a fair scenario. Writers typically work in a different structural system when not signed.
Still, it’s more true than not that you have nothing to worry about. Benedict has laid out the real landscape of “work for hire” to you. It doesn’t matter because you probably won’t come into contact with distribution channels to tabulate substantial amounts of quarterlies that will influence your pocket. If you do, your publishing folks of choice would be the authors of that assignment. You’re probably not signed up with a pub outlet, so copyright the work in bulk, when it’s finished, like everyone else.
In any event, I can answer any questions you have in regards to songwriting, publishing and copyright. I mean… as much as anyone else that has actually made a career involving these concepts - and even then, as I always say, it’s a fairly convoluted subject.
Just so we’re clear: Yes, a copyright is the only real protection you have. Full stop.
No. Uploading your material isn’t any form of actual registry. No matter where. Soundcloud doesn’t have a way to differentiate between the terrible song your neighbor wrote and the terrible song his neighbor wrote.
I have no idea what the unsolicited versus solicited ideas are that you’re conveying, but I can try to untangle those ideas if you’d like. I’m just a little confused on what you’re saying and how it relates to song protection. I can also clarify what professionals do in these situations (mostly, they don’t).
But here’s a piece of advice to base your questions on:
The amount of units you’d have to sale and the pie that you’re carving is so magnificent that it’s unimaginable in 2021. When it comes to downloads? Magnify that number by 100k. My advice to new writers, young writer and writers just launching their career is the same; stop worrying about ideas in trade mags and echo chamber forums. Worry about the craft. Exclusively. Worry about writing undeniable hits. Learn what’s required of you to get pitch meetings and know that the material is smash material.
If I can be any help, I’ll do my best.