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Copyright Your Artwork, A Step by Step Guide

Debra Valencia, Surface Designer

Copyright Your Artwork, A Step by Step Guide

Debra Valencia, Surface Designer

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5 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Copyright: Introduction

    • 2. Copyright: Overview

    • 3. Copyright Demo: Register Your Account

    • 4. Copyright Demo: One Published Work

    • 5. Copyright Demo: Group of Unpublished Works

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In this course, I show how to Do Your Own copyright applications without an attorney or legal service. For those of you earning a living from your creativity, it's important to protect your intellectual property and present a businesslike image. However, working with an attorney, the legal fees can add up. A brief overview explains key terms, requirements, costs, timeframes and organizational tips. The course includes short demos on how to fill out the most popular forms. 

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1. Copyright: Introduction: Welcome to my class. Copyright, your artwork. A step by step guide. Hello, I'm Deborah Valencia. I'm a surface designer, and I've been copy writing my own artwork since 2007. I'm based in Los Angeles, where I teach seminars and college courses, toe artists and designers. Topics include how the license, your artwork, trademarks, copyrights, marketing, how to get published and other revenue streams. For the last 12 years, I've licensed my artwork to manufacturers who then mass produced products for the retail market. This allows me to earn royalties on my work based on how many items sell in licensing contracts. The licensee will ask for my written guarantee that I am, in fact the rightful owner of the artwork. The licensee wants to be protected from any infringement claims. I realized that the topic of copyrights is not very exciting, But for those of us earning a living from our creativity, it's very important to protect our intellectual property. I promise to make this presentation as short and suite is possible. With step by step demo videos, you will soon see that registering a copyright takes less than 10 minutes and is very easy . Here is an example of how my copyright appeared on a mass produced journal. The copyright noticed lets the world know I'm a serious business owner and my work is protected. If you're an artist or designer concerned with copyrights, you'll find this course helpful. Since I create dozens of new designs each year, it makes economical sense to file the registrations myself. In this course, I will show you how to do your own copyright applications without an attorney or legal service such as LegalZoom. If your situation is straight forward, you will be able to follow the steps detailed in this course. Now, if you're ready to get started, joined me in the demo videos. 2. Copyright: Overview: So what is a copyright? It's a legal concept giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it. It deems who has the right to copy the work. Who has the right to be credited, who may adapt the work into other forms who may perform or display the work and who may financially benefit. Copyright protects original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic musical performance, visual works, computer software and architectural design. In this course, we focus on the visual works of art, including both two and three dimensional forms. It's important to apply for official registration of your artwork with the copyright office . If you plan to publish it yourself as a print or a product or license it to 1/3 party or simply want to prevent others from copying it for infringement lawsuits, a court of law will only recognize a copyright if it has been officially registered. You may have heard of a poor man's copyright. This is the idea of mailing a copy of your work to yourself and having it postmarked with a date. In reality, there is no provision in the copyright law regarding this type of protection. It is not a substitute for registration, and it is not recognized by courts of law. Therefore, this method is not valid. The current duration for a copy right is the life of the author, plus an additional 70 years. No renewal, registration or extension is allowed. The copyright registration itself is an asset which may be passed on to your heirs or estate. In the demos, I will cover the two most common types of applications. The first type is the one work by one author. With this form, you can register a single published image as a side note. The ability to register a collection of published works was eliminated in 2019. The second type is the group of unpublished works. With this form, you may include up to 10 separate images of unpublished work. I will explain the differences in requirements. These are the current registration processing times as listed on the copyright website. However, I find they take longer than the average time noted, with nine months being a more realistic expectation. What it means by correspondents versus no correspondence is that if the copyright office has questions on your application, they may email you asking for a clarification. Once they initiate any communication with you, the overall processing time will be longer with the back and forth emails. This is not something you have any control over, so just be patient. Ah, published work means that copies of a work have been distributed to the public for sale. For example, you can offer prints for sale on your Web site or have print on demand products for sale on 1/3 party website. It also includes handmade products sold in an Etsy shop or to craft fair and mass produced products for retail. An original work may be transferred to a gallery once it's hung in public for sale. This Qualifies is published to register a single visual work. Use the one work by one author application form. This form has very strict guidelines, but it's the one I use the most frequently because of the high number of designs that create each year. I usually wait until my work is published to apply for copyright. To be eligible, the work must be a single image. It also must be created by a single author, which means artist. The same author must be the sole owner of all rights for the work, it must be a published work. The application costs US $35. The types of artwork that are eligible include one drawing or illustration. One painting, one fabric or wallpaper design one mapper technical drawing of one object, one piece of jewelry or one sculpture. You get the idea. Be very mindful of what is ineligible to or more drawings, even if they're on the same page. A collection or Siris of designs, drawings or paintings. Multiple versions of a design. A collection or set containing multiple pieces, such as jewellery. If you submit these types of works, your application may be denied and you will not get your money back. Here is my portfolio page for a particular surface design collection. This grouping of five images does not qualify for the one work by one author application. This design was recently published as a quilt set through a licensing partner. Therefore, I will be submitting Onley, a single image of the main design, with the one work by one author application. Now what qualifies is unpublished. This includes showing your work to clients in a portfolio displaying work on a website or on various social media platforms for marketing purposes. So, for example, posting on Instagram does not qualify as published, also displaying an original work in your own studio, even if the pieces for sale does not qualify as published. If the work has not been sold or licensed yet or reproduced in some way, it is not considered published. To register unpublished works used the group of unpublished works application form. As of 2019 the copyright office offered this new group registration option. It allows up to 10 images for a single fee. The work must be unpublished. The application cost US $55. To qualify for this option, all works must be created by the same author. The same author must be named as the copyright claimant for each work. The works must be of the same type or category, for example, 10 illustrations or 10 sculptural works. It cannot be a mix of different types of visual works. On this form, you will ask to classify the work by one of these types. Pictorial or graphic works, sculptural works, jewelry designs, maps or technical drawings, illustrations, fabric, text, dollar wallpaper designs, flooring designs or simply use the generic two D or three D artwork categories to describe your work for any photographers taking my course, you will be pleased to learn there's a group registration form for both published and unpublished photos. It's a more economical application, allowing up to 750 images per application. I'm not including this in the demo, but it's very similar. Just choose the correct form and the remaining steps will be the same. So when should you apply? Unpublished work should be registered prior to sharing them in public. Publish work should be registered within three months of publication. This suggested timeframe is in order to qualify for maximum protection and compensation in case of a lawsuit. However, if you miss that deadline, it's better late than never, and you're actually allowed to file it any time. Generally speaking, register your copyrights in a timely fashion. Here are a few additional tips to stay protected. Put a copyright notice on all your artwork, portfolio pages and finished products. That's a copyright C in a circle, followed by the year it was first published and your name or company name for unpublished works. Put the copyright notice on it as well. Preceded by the phrase unpublished work and the year it was created to stay organized, keep a folder on your computer for your copyrights. In their retain the emails from the copyright office as pdf files, you will receive three automatic emails, a confirmation of receipt with a case number, a confirmation of payment and an acknowledgement of the uploaded image. Also include the J peg that you uploaded. Make a master list of applications with dates and interim case numbers. Once your certificate arrives, you can add the date you received it and the final registration number. If you move, be sure to change your address in the user profile section of the copyright website, so your certificates air certain to get to you. Lastly, for the class project, apply for your first copyright registration today. Please download the written instructions I've provided under Resource Is and feel free to replay the demo as you register your first application before starting. Prepare a few items in advance. Ajay Peck of your artwork. No, the date You created your art as well as the publication date, if relevant and have a major credit card on hand. posted measures below to let me know when you're done. In three very short videos, I will demonstrate how to register for your free account, complete an application for a published work and complete an application for unpublished works. For additional questions, refer to the F A Q section on the copyright website at copyright dot gov. 3. Copyright Demo: Register Your Account: In this short video, I will show you how to set up your free account on the copyright website. Go to copyright dot gov and click on Register a copyright log into the Elektronik Copyright Office, also known as the CEO. For new users. Click here to register now fill out your name, email, self assigned user name and password. Also, give yourself a challenge question. Answer. Now click next on this screen. Fill in your mailing address, phone number and preferred contact method. Yeah, now click next and next and finish. You are now directed back to the E CEO. Log in page. Enter your user name and password to start your first application. This now concludes the demo. 4. Copyright Demo: One Published Work: for this demo. Start on the E CEO. Log in page. Click on register a copy. Right, And then Elektronik copyright office. Enter your user name and password. This is your private home page in the center table. Your pending cases will be listed in the upper left menu. You'll be able to access all your past cases. Lower down that menu are the links to the application forms. In this demo, we will learn how to file one published work. Click on the link Register one work by one author. Skip this page and continue to registration. On the left, you will see a list of sections of the form the Red Arrow will move down as we complete each section. Now, Select work of visual arts from the pull down menu and check this box to confirm Now continue on title. Enter the name of the work to be registered and continue on publication. Answer Yes. This will take us to a secondary screen. Add the year you created the work and the date of first publication. Also select the country of first publication and leave the rest blank Click Continue. We're now on author in Claimant. You're gonna really love this time saving feature. Click this ad me button, and it will automatically fill the form with the information from your user profile. Now select the country of your citizenship and also a description of the work from this pull down menu. Now click Continue for limitation of claim, skip this screen and click. Continue for rights and permission. Click the Add Me button and continue for correspondent. Clicked the add meat button and continue for the male certificate. Click. Add me and continue for special handling. Skip this screen and click continue on the certification page. Check this box to confirm that you are the author of the artwork. Now enter your name into this field, which is the equivalent of a digital signature and click Continue. We're now in the reviews submissions screen. See how fast and easy that WAAS this stage allows us to review all of our answers and make sure there aren't any mistakes. If you find there is something to correct, use this back button to take you to any section of the form. Once you're satisfied with your answers, click the add to cart button. This brings us to the check out page where we see one application for $35. Click on the check out button, then select pay by credit card and OK. Disregard the upper portion intended for companies paying through their bank. Scroll down to the credit card form. Enter your credit card information. Click. Continue with the plastic card payment on this screen. Enter your email address and confirm it. Click the box to authorize the payment and submit payment. Once the payment is confirmed, click continue to the final task. On this screen, you will be able to upload your image file. Click on the green button to select the files to upload, navigate to your file and click on the blue button. Click on the blue button to start upload. Once your upload is complete, click on the other green button to complete your submission. Your claim is now complete. You will receive three emails confirming receipt of the application, payment and image. Join me in the next demo to learn how to copyright a group of unpublished works. This now concludes the demo 5. Copyright Demo: Group of Unpublished Works: for this demo, we will start on the E CEO log in page, go to copyright dot gov and click on Register a copyright and then Elektronik copyright office. Enter your user name and password. Click on the form, register a group of unpublished works. Skip this page and continue to registration on type of work. Select work of visual arts and check this box to confirm and then continue on titles. Entered the names of the works to be registered by clicking on new. Enter the first work in the field and click Save. Click on the new button again to add the second title and save. Continue this sequence until all 10 names are entered. You will see the list of 10 titles in the table. Now click Continue on completion ad the year you created the work and continue on authors and claimants. Add me and select your country of citizenship, as well as the description of work from this pull down menu. Save and continue for limitation of claim. Skip this screen and continue for rights and permissions. Add me and continue for correspondent. Add me and continue for male certificate. Add me and continue for special handling, skip the screen and continue for certification. Check this box confirming that you're the author of these works. Now enter your name in this field, which is the equivalent of a digital signature, and continue. We are now on the reviews submission screen. This stage allows us to review all of our answers and make sure there aren't any mistakes. If you find there is something to correct, use this back button to return to any section of the form. If you're satisfied with your answers, click on the add to cart button. This brings us to the check out page, where we see one group for $55. Click on check out now pay by credit card and OK. Disregard the top portion intended for companies paying through their bank. Scroll down to the credit card form. Fill out the form than click on this button at the bottom to continue. Once payment is confirmed, you will be able to upload your images. See the other demo if you need to review the final steps in detail. This now concludes the demo