How to Legally Protect Your Creative Work with Kathryn Goldman


At the 30:40 mark: My being familiar with & methods to sign up “groups of works” is various from the attorney’s.

To be distinct, creatives can register from 2 to 10 UN-printed performs from the very same classification, like visible arts (for instance, three un-published paintings, two un-revealed drawings, 5 un-posted sculptures) utilizing the “Group Registration of Un-printed Works” (GRUW) on-line copyright registration application” for a one filing payment of $85 whole (it’s not $85 for every get the job done). See the GRUW info & tutorial at and

The lawyer described the group software (GRUW) as a “coming out as a assortment …is known as a ‘Day of publication’ (copyright lingo) – all revealed on the same day.” I’ve by no means listened to of that! All over again, the GRUW software is for UN-revealed will work ONLY. The moment you have officially registered via the GRUW application, you can formally publish people performs independently or alongside one another at any time. Also, the US Copyright Place of work does not discover the GRUW application as a “collection” of functions, but fairly as a Group of un-released unique will work that have their have copyright registration assert.

It is significant NOT to combined printed and UN-revealed performs in the GRUW software. If your performs are released, use the “Single Application” or “Standard Application” (see down below).

Do not register your 10 un-revealed performs employing the GRUW application on say, a Monday, and on that very Monday “publish” them. If you can, wait around at least two total times before producing your work obtainable to the community (revealed status).

To sign up One particular perform ONLY, use the pursuing on-line programs:

“Single Application”: The payment to sign-up Just one un-/published operate (like a single e book or one illustration or just one photograph or a person portray or one particular cartoon or a person poem, and so on.) with A person creator who’s the Identical copyright claimant, which is NOT a-function-for-use undertaking, and that does NOT include things like any 3rd-party inventive media, is $45 — you Have to have developed the Overall work yourself! See and

Or else, to sign-up a solitary un-/posted get the job done with numerous authors, and/or as a by-product/collective get the job done, and/or that contains Innovative Commons, Community Domain, and/or accredited media, etc., the price is $65. Use the “Standard Application” (on-line eCO application):

If you’re unsure about which software to use to register your Just one do the job, find the Normal Software.

“Publication” Definition: Publication ordinarily implies the work has been produced and created offered to the community for licensing, providing, sharing, downloading, or for more distribution (either for totally free or for payment). The day you produce your artistic operate to your shopper or to inventory or to a offering platform (Etsy) is probably the official date of its first-publication. If you’re just “displaying” a operate on-line (like on a website or printed portfolio) and NOT offering or sharing it, then the perform is probably un-posted. See Circular 1 (Copyright Fundamental principles, website page 7) for the legal definition of “Publication”:


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