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 comprehension & procedures to sign-up “groups of works” is diverse from the attorney’s.

To be very clear, creatives can sign-up from 2 to 10 UN-printed works from the exact class, like visible arts (for illustration, 3 un-revealed paintings, two un-revealed drawings, five un-published sculptures) working with the “Group Registration of Un-posted Works” (GRUW) on-line copyright registration application” for a solitary submitting charge of $85 complete (it’s not $85 for every function). See the GRUW data & tutorial at and

The attorney described the team application (GRUW) as a “coming out as a assortment …is known as a ‘Day of publication’ (copyright lingo) – all printed on the similar day.” I’ve in no way read of that! Yet again, the GRUW software is for UN-published works ONLY. Once you’ve formally registered by means of the GRUW application, you can formally publish all those will work separately or together at any time. Also, the US Copyright Place of work does not establish the GRUW software as a “collection” of functions, but alternatively as a Team of un-posted personal performs that have their individual copyright registration declare.

It is vital NOT to combined posted and UN-posted is effective in the GRUW application. If your performs are printed, use the “Single Application” or “Standard Application” (see underneath).

Do not sign-up your ten un-printed is effective working with the GRUW software on say, a Monday, and on that very Monday “publish” them. If you can, wait around at the very least two total times right before producing your do the job obtainable to the community (released status).

To sign-up 1 work ONLY, use the following on-line programs:

“Single Application”: The cost to sign up One un-/revealed function (like a single reserve or a single illustration or a single photograph or a person painting or one particular cartoon or one particular poem, and so on.) with 1 writer who’s the Same copyright claimant, that’s NOT a-do the job-for-hire job, and that does NOT include any 3rd-get together imaginative media, is $45 — you Should have designed the Full function oneself! See and

Normally, to sign up a single un-/released perform with several authors, and/or as a spinoff/collective function, and/or that consists of Creative Commons, Community Domain, and/or licensed media, etc., the cost is $65. Use the “Standard Application” (on-line eCO application):

If you’re doubtful about which application to use to sign up your A single operate, decide on the Standard Software.

“Publication” Definition: Publication typically usually means the get the job done has been produced and created offered to the community for licensing, offering, sharing, downloading, or for further more distribution (both for free or for payment). The working day you produce your imaginative perform to your customer or to stock or to a selling system (Etsy) is probably the formal date of its initial-publication. If you’re just “displaying” a operate on-line (like on a website or printed portfolio) and NOT advertising or sharing it, then the do the job is likely un-released. See Circular 1 (Copyright Essentials, webpage 7) for the legal definition of “Publication”: