How to Legally Protect Your Creative Work with Kathryn Goldman
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At the 30:40 mark: My knowledge & techniques to sign-up “groups of works” is unique from the attorney’s.

To be very clear, creatives can sign-up from 2 to 10 UN-released performs from the exact same class, like visual arts (for example, three un-posted paintings, two un-posted drawings, 5 un-posted sculptures) applying the “Group Registration of Un-released Works” (GRUW) on-line copyright registration application” for a one filing cost of $85 total (it is not $85 per function). See the GRUW info & tutorial at https://www.copyright.gov/gruw/ and https://youtu.be/eR14iSM4esQ

The legal professional explained the group application (GRUW) as a “coming out as a collection …is termed a ‘Day of publication’ (copyright lingo) – all published on the same day.” I have by no means listened to of that! Once again, the GRUW application is for UN-printed operates ONLY. When you have officially registered via the GRUW software, you can officially publish those people operates separately or with each other at any time. Also, the US Copyright Office does not determine the GRUW application as a “collection” of is effective, but relatively as a Group of un-published particular person is effective that have their individual copyright registration declare.

It’s critical NOT to mixed printed and UN-published operates in the GRUW application. If your works are released, use the “Single Application” or “Standard Application” (see below).

Do not register your ten un-released performs working with the GRUW software on say, a Monday, and on that incredibly Monday “publish” them. If you can, wait at minimum two entire days in advance of producing your get the job done available to the public (printed status).

To sign-up A person perform ONLY, use the adhering to on-line applications:

“Single Application”: The cost to sign up One un-/published function (like 1 guide or 1 illustration or one photograph or one particular portray or one cartoon or just one poem, etcetera.) with One author who’s the Exact copyright claimant, that is NOT a-work-for-employ the service of undertaking, and that does NOT incorporate any 3rd-occasion resourceful media, is $45 — you Will have to have created the Overall get the job done oneself! See https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ11.pdf and https://youtu.be/MkBiPQNDVBc

Or else, to sign up a solitary un-/revealed get the job done with many authors, and/or as a derivative/collective get the job done, and/or that incorporates Creative Commons, General public Domain, and/or licensed media, and many others., the rate is $65. Use the “Standard Application” (on-line eCO application): https://youtu.be/6gNkssUfYas

If you are doubtful about which application to use to register your A single operate, decide on the Normal Application.

“Publication” Definition: Publication generally implies the perform has been released and built readily available to the general public for licensing, providing, sharing, downloading, or for more distribution (both for free of charge or for payment). The day you deliver your inventive operate to your customer or to stock or to a selling system (Etsy) is probably the formal date of its to start with-publication. If you’re just “displaying” a function on-line (like on a web site or printed portfolio) and NOT offering or sharing it, then the operate is probably un-published. See Circular 1 (Copyright Basics, page 7) for the authorized definition of “Publication”: https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf

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