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artwork 02-22-2014 02:40 PM

Filing Copyright
 
I have two small (8.5" tall) bronze figures I made and I would like to file the paperwork for copyright registration. Suddenly felt worried that I might make on mistake on filling out the forms or something...so wondered if anyone in the community has experience filling them out etc? Thanks.

Art-Deco 02-22-2014 09:01 PM

Re: Filing Copyright
 
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Originally Posted by artwork (Post 105593)
I have two small (8.5" tall) bronze figures I made and I would like to file the paperwork for copyright registration. Suddenly felt worried that I might make on mistake on filling out the forms or something...so wondered if anyone in the community has experience filling them out etc? Thanks.

Ive done it, it's actually no longer required, such works are automatically copyrighted upon creation, but it is easier in court to sue for infringement if you do have registrations as you can show paper trail proof.

It's real simple, and you can even do it on their web site now which costs less than the mailed method and upload the photos there.

You want the form for the visual arts (form VA)

Instructions and form:

http://www.copyright.gov/forms/formva.pdf

For the "deposit" on this you send photos not the actual sculpture

Filing fee is $35 for a basic claim (for online filings only)

Log in here, but the hours for offline maintenance are from 5:45 PM Saturday to 6:00 AM Sunday (Eastern Time). The system will be restored to normal operations at 6:00 AM.

http://www.copyright.gov/eco/notice.html

One bit of caution: everything you put on the form becomes public record/viewable by the public, so you need to watch out what address/phone/email you use and where you insert these, if any of these are likely to change any time soon that's not good, if you don't want your home address on this use a POBox or something, similar goes for your phone number. Once entered there is no way to "update" these and they will not change or delete what you had entered, it's there forever.

artwork 02-23-2014 01:04 PM

Re: Filing Copyright
 
Thank you for the thoughtful reply...I will try to complete the online application.

Art-Deco 02-25-2014 11:48 PM

Re: Filing Copyright
 
Sure thing!

The registration does offer some additional legal benefits and protections if you sue, so it's not a waste of time or money to do it on most items.

For other items such as books it works a little differently with the "deposit" materials, you have to send two complete copies of the book via mail.

Good thing that's not required of sculptures, imagine having to ship two copies of that 1,000# bronze!

artwork 02-28-2014 02:13 PM

Re: Filing Copyright
 
Does ask for images, curious how detailed to get? Just photos of four sides with a scale? Or something more?

Art-Deco 03-01-2014 01:38 AM

Re: Filing Copyright
 
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Originally Posted by artwork (Post 105603)
Does ask for images, curious how detailed to get? Just photos of four sides with a scale? Or something more?

Just send normal photos large and clear enough to see what the sculpture is, if the form allows 4 or 6 or 8 photos upload as many as you feel shows it well- it's not a juried art show competition, they only need reference photos that clearly show the sculpture, maybe any unusual identifying marks, your signature on the base etc might not be bad to send. Just keep to the file format and below any maximum size they state. If they need more they certainly will tell you.

artwork 03-02-2014 07:17 PM

Re: Filing Copyright
 
Got it. Thanks for your time.


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