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Copyright Issues

By :-) Geoff Priest

'Copyright protects expression. The Copyright Act of 1976 states that the items of expression can include literary, dramatic, and musical works; pantomimes and choreography; pictorial, graphic and sculptural works; audio-visual works; sound recordings; and architectural works. An original expression is eligible for copyright protection as soon as it is fixed in a tangible form.'

A Few Words on Registering Copyright:

Current copyright law protects original artwork from the moment of its creation, regardless of registration.  However, registration offers obvious legal benefits in the event copyright for a particular work comes into dispute (in court, the registration acts as prima facie evidence, meaning the other party has the burden of disproving it). Registering copyright costs $20 (in the US).  Fortunately, for all us artist hobos, multiple artworks may be grouped together under a single title and registered for a single $20 fee, provided all works in the group are unpublished.

For more information on registering copyright (in the US) and for downloadable registration forms, visit the US Copyright Office Home Page.

*Note:  Regardless of registration, it's always a good idea to inscribe a copyright notice on your work to prevent so-called innocent infringers from 'unwittingly' stealing your work.

*Special Note on Pseudonyms (Stage/Pen Names):

Choosing a pseudonym does not hinder an artist's ability to register for copyright (a provision is made for pseudonyms on the registration forms).  Note however that pseudonyms themselves, just like any other name, may not be copyrighted.  Therefore it's advisable, though not necessary, that you include your legal name on the registration form along with your pseudonym (who's to say no one will steal your pseudonym?)  For more info on registering for copyright with a pseudonym, see FL 101.

http://www.publaw.com/ Carol Ann Waugh (cwaugh@sni.net) has found a good web resource: 'It's called The Publishing Law Center and it has 19 articles on legal issues of concern to publishers, editors, writers and authors.  These articles cover contracts, copyright, fair use, public domain, subsidiary rights, electronic rights and more.'

Book recommendations
   The Copyright Handbook
Writers, publishers, journalists, editors, librarians and anyone who works with words needs to understand copyright law. The Copyright Handbook provides step-by-step instructions and all the forms necessary to protect all kinds of written expression under U.S. and international copyright law.
[More info!]

   Graphic Artists Guild Handbook of Pricing & Ethical Guidelines
First published in 1973, the Graphic Artists Guild Handbook has become the essential source for fair prices and practice. Assembled by the national organization for graphic artists, this 10th edition contains the latest information on business, pricing and ethical standards for nearly every discipline in the visual communications industry, from advertising to publishing to corporate markets.
[More info!]

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