How to enter:

It's simple! After you have joined Ampslam for free and uploaded your tunes, simply e-mail the Ampslam contest judges at with your member and artist name and the name of the song that you uploaded that you want considered for the monthly contest. Winners will be notified by e-mail and featured on the Ampslam home page! See Contest Rules below for more information. ORIGINAL SONGS ONLY!

Official contest rules

  1. Enter only one song per monthly song contest. You must be an Amplsam Member to enter.
  2. Entered songs cannot be cover versions and cannot sample another artist’s work.
  3. All songs must be original. Ampslam takes NO financial or ownership interest in ANY song.
  4. Prizes will be delivered via PayPal.
  5. Contestants must be at least 13 years of age. Entrants retain all publishing rights to their song(s).
  6. Additions or deletions to these rules may be made at the discretion of Ampslam LLC, and may be enacted at any time.
  7. The selection of contest winners by Ampslam, and its judges is final. Arrangements for receiving all prizes, unless otherwise specified, must be made within thirty days of announcing the winners. It is the responsibility of the winners to claim prizes within the thirty days provided. All unclaimed prizes will be forfeited, and Ampslam may award any unclaimed prize at the end of the thirty-day grace period to a contest runner-up. All prizes are nontransferable and void where prohibited by law. No cash substitution of prizes is allowed.
Thomas Giannini, Esq.
  The Patent and Copyright Clause of the US Constitution (Art. 1, sec. 8 cl. 8) grants Congress the power to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing to authors the exclusive right to their respective original writings, for example songs with accompanying words and sound recordings. 
In order to be able to enforce your exclusive right through an infringement proceeding (court case) and collect staturory damages(not to be confused with actaul damages), you as copyright song owner are required to have the song previously registered and deposited with the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington, DC. This registration is not free. 
However, and this is a big however, under current law, compliance with the formalities of registering and depositing your songs with the U.S. Copyright Office (and paying a fee) is NOT required for basic copyright protection, because your original song is protected by federal copyright from the instant it is fixed in a tangible medium of expression (recorded and uploaded onto Ampslam for example) - without any regard to if your song bears a copyright notice: ©. Thusly, actual damages and profits can be awared to you without having your songs registered. In additon, I think the law does allows for 90 days after the infringment was uncovered for the song owner to register the song at the Copyright and still try to collect statutory damages.
Your original song is copyrighted if it is fixed in any tangible medium of expression from which it can be perceived, reproduced or otherwise communicated. In other words, by uploading your original songs on Ampslam, you are certainly fulfilling the fixed in tangible medium requirement since uploaded Ampslam songs are absolutely able to be perceived, (turn up the volume), reproduced (download the song) and otherwise communicated (stream the song).
The date you upload your songs onto Ampslam is kept in our data base as more proof of when you wrote/recorded you music.
By no means is Ampslam a  substitute to registering your songs with the US Copyright office! No way! Here is the link to the  U.S. Copyright Office for more information. If you have the money, go get your songs officially registered. You can do it on line. Ampslam helps bring your song out of your head and onto a fixed tangible medium from which it can be perceived, reproduced and otherwise communication.