How to Legally Protect Your Creative Work with Kathryn Goldman

How to Legally Protect Your Creative Work with Kathryn Goldman


At the 30:40 mark: My knowledge & strategies to register “groups of works” is unique from the attorney’s.

To be obvious, creatives can sign-up from 2 to 10 UN-revealed functions from the exact same classification, like visible arts (for case in point, a few un-published paintings, two un-posted drawings, five un-posted sculptures) applying the “Group Registration of Un-released Works” (GRUW) on-line copyright registration application” for a solitary submitting price of $85 full (it’s not $85 for every do the job). See the GRUW information & tutorial at and

The lawyer explained the team application (GRUW) as a “coming out as a assortment …is known as a ‘Day of publication’ (copyright lingo) – all posted on the exact day.” I’ve by no means read of that! Once again, the GRUW application is for UN-released operates ONLY. Once you’ve formally registered by using the GRUW software, you can officially publish those performs independently or alongside one another at any time. Also, the US Copyright Office does not determine the GRUW software as a “collection” of performs, but rather as a Team of un-printed particular person performs that have their own copyright registration claim.

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

Do not register your 10 un-printed is effective making use of the GRUW software on say, a Monday, and on that quite Monday “publish” them. If you can, hold out at minimum two full days right before making your function out there to the general public (published status).

To sign-up 1 operate ONLY, use the subsequent on-line applications:

“Single Application”: The charge to register A single un-/released work (like a person e book or 1 illustration or one particular photograph or just one painting or a single cartoon or 1 poem, etcetera.) with One author who’s the Identical copyright claimant, that’s NOT a-function-for-hire job, and that does NOT involve any 3rd-party inventive media, is $45 — you Have to have designed the Overall do the job your self! See and

Usually, to sign up a single un-/released function with a number of authors, and/or as a derivative/collective function, and/or that consists of Creative Commons, Community Domain, and/or certified media, and so on., the payment is $65. Use the “Standard Application” (on-line eCO software):

If you’re unsure about which software to use to sign-up your A person work, select the Standard Software.

“Publication” Definition: Publication normally usually means the function has been produced and created accessible to the public for licensing, selling, sharing, downloading, or for further more distribution (possibly for free of charge or for payment). The day you deliver your artistic do the job to your customer or to stock or to a selling system (Etsy) is most likely the official day of its 1st-publication. If you are just “displaying” a operate on-line (like on a website or printed portfolio) and NOT marketing or sharing it, then the function is very likely un-posted. See Circular 1 (Copyright Basic principles, web page 7) for the authorized definition of “Publication”:


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