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    The Best Way to Copyright Jewelry: A Step by Step Guide

    The Best Way to Copyright Jewelry: A Step by Step Guide by George Collins.

     

    The best way to copyright jewelry designs is to register the designs with the US Copyright Office using their registration option for a group of 10 unpublished works. The US Copyright Office charges a registration fee of $85 USD for this option, making it their cheapest registration option available. It is also the best option because it gives you, the designer, the earliest registration and publication dates for your jewelry designs.

     

    People living outside the US are allowed to copyright register their work at the US Copyright Office. You do not need to be an American citizen or resident.

     

    “A copyright is secured automatically when the work is created, as long as the work contains a sufficient degree of originality, and a work comes into being when it is fixed in a “copy or a phonorecord for the first time.” … Although registration with the Copyright Office is not required to secure protection, it does provide a number of benefits:

    Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim. Registration is necessary before an infringement suit may be filed in court (for works of U.S. origin). If made before or within 5 years of publication, registration establishes prima facie evidence in court of the validity of the copyright and of the facts stated in the registration certificate. If registration is made within 3 months after first publication of the work or prior to an infringement of the work, statutory damages and attorney’s fees will be available to the copyright owner in court actions. Otherwise, only an award of actual damages and profits is available to the copyright owner. Registration allows the owner of the copyright to record the registration with the U.S. Customs Service for protection against the importation of infringing copies. “- uspto.gov/ip-policy/copyright-policy/copyright-basics

     

    At LUNAR RAIN, all of our jewelry designs are copyright registered using the method outlined on this page. Our copyright registrations give us the power to efficiently take down scammers, frauds, copycats and other bad people. Unfortunately, artists and designers are usually not taught this method of protecting themselves in art schools. This leaves artists at a disadvantage against copyright infringers. Therefore, we have outlined this copyright method in an easy-to-follow step by step guide on this page.

     

    This is our Step by Step Guide to Copyright Register a Group of 10 Unpublished Works at the US Copyright Office

    How much time is needed to complete registration application? We estimate it will take 30 to 40 minutes for first time applicants with account creation. Once you are familiar with the application process it will take around 10 minutes.

     

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    Step 1: Make sure your work is eligible

     

    People living outside the US are allowed to copyright register their work at the US Copyright Office. You do not need to be an American citizen or resident.

    To proceed with the “Group of Unpublished Works” registration option at the US Copyright Office, you must have one or more original works that are unpublished. Unpublished works must not have previously been published on social media, on the internet, in print or by any other publication method. Work-in-progress photos of the work must not have been published either.

     

    To register a group of 10 unpublished works you must keep the jewelry designs a secret until a day after registration. You can’t show your designs to friends and allow them to take pictures of your designs. You shouldn’t send your friends photos of your works. It is important that you do not allow any images of the designs to leak to the public prior to registration. Leaked images may nullify your registration.

    Do not publish works until a day after copyright registration.

    Do not post work-in-progress photos or videos until a day after copyright registration.

     

    Designs that are too generic will be refused copyright registration by the US Copyright Office. Works must be original and have unique characteristics.

    The designs of the wedding rings pictured below are too generic to receive copyright registrations for jewelry design; they would very likely be refused registration if submitted.

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    Traditional 18k gold diamond engagement rings.
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    Traditional 18k gold diamond engagement rings.

    Below are two new unique designs of ours that were successfully copyright registered.

    Lunar Rain Melissa Chen Selkie Seal Earrings 10205 a
    Selkie Seal Earrings in 18k gold and dendritic agate. From our Full Fathom Five Collection.
    Whelk Sea Shell Ring 18K Gold lunar rain
    Our Whelk Sea Shell Ring made of 18k solid gold from our Full Fathom Five Collection.

    Pictured above are our Selkie Seal Earrings and Whelk Seashell Ring designs that are copyright registered with the US Copyright Office.

     

    Step 2: Visit the US Copyright Office Website

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Click on the “Learn More” text.

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Click on the blue button that says ” Log in to the Electronic Copyright Office (eCO) Registration System”.

     

    Step 3: Register an Account or Login

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Step 4: Click on the Registration Option

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Click on the registration option to “Register a Group of Unpublished Works”.

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

     Read eligibility criteria and then click “Start Registration”. 

     

    Step 5: Choose Type of Work

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Choose the type of work. For jewelry designs choose “Work of the Visual Arts”.

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Check the box at the bottom of the page to confirm you have read the info on this page and then click “Continue”.

     

    Step 6: Add Titles

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Click “New*” to add titles of work.

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Type in title of work. Click “Save”.

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    When all titles are added, click “Continue”.

     

    Step 7: Completion Date

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Type in completion date and click “Continue”.

     

    Step 8: Add Authors

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Click “New*” for new users or “Add Me” for old users.

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Add your information and click “Save”.

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    After all authors are added, click “Continue”.

     

    Step 9: Limitation of Claim

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Lists excluded material. For jewelry that incorporates gemstones, exclude the gemstones. 

     

    Step 10: Rights and Permissions (Optional Step)

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Add your information or leave blank.

     

    Step 11: Mail Certificate

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Add your mailing address for the paper registration certificate.

     

    Step 12: Special Handling (Optional Step)

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Add information or leave blank.

     

    Step 13: Certification

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Write in name of certifying individual.

     

    Step 14: Review Submission

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Review your submission and click “Add to Cart”.

     

    Step 15: Checkout

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Click “Checkout”.

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Select payment option and pay.

     

    Step 16: Submit Your Works

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Click “Select files to upload” and select files. Only one image of each work may be uploaded. Make sure the one image is composed of multiple images showing all angles of the design. You need to copyright register a 360° degree view of your design, not just the front view.

    wise owl necklace lunar rain copyright registration
    Our Wise Owl Necklace design's image for copyright registration.
    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    Click “Start Upload”.

    Best Way to Copyright Jewelry Step by Step Guide

    When your files have finished uploading, click the big green button that says “Click here to complete your submission after uploading all files”.

     

    Your submission is now complete!

     

    Step 17: Publish Your Work

    wise owl necklace lunar rain copyright registration
    The Wise Owl Necklace published onto our Instagram account @lunarrainjewellery

    If you are confident your copyright application will not be refused, you can now publish your work! If you register your work on Sept 1, 2023, you can publish the work on Sept 2, 2023. Make sure a day has passed since your registration and you can safely post and market your work all over the internet.

     

    Step 18: Receive the Copyright Registration Certificate or Refusal Notice

    You should receive the copyright registration certificate at the mailing address you provided approximately 3 months after registration if the registration is approved. If your application is refused you will receive a refusal notice.

     

    Step 19: Keep An Eye Out for Copyright Infringers

    In the US, copyright rights last the author’s lifetime plus 70 years. In this time, you and your descendants can use your copyright registration to take down copyright infringers to protect your ideas and your/their livelihood.

     

    Step 20: Take Down Copyright Infringers

    To take down a copyright infringer, you need to fill out and send DMCA notice form.

    The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a 1998 United States copyright law that implements two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization. It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works. 

    Here are links to DMCA forms for Google and the biggest social media sites and apps. Click on the appropriate link(s) to file a legal report.

    Google

    support.google.com/legal/troubleshooter/1114905?hl=en

    Yahoo

    yahooinc.com/ipr/en-US/forms/copyright

    Bing

    bing.com/webmaster/contentremovalform/showcontentremovalform

    Facebook

    facebook.com/help/ipreporting/report/copyright

    Instagram

    instagram.com/help/ipreporting/report/copyright/

    Youtube

    youtube.com/channel/UCk0emomnTYGYmBlXITk-TGQ/copyright/history

    Twitter

    help.twitter.com/en/forms/ipi/dmca

    Tiktok

    tiktok.com/legal/report/Copyright

     

    If a DMCA take down is inadequate, copyright infringers can be sued in court.

    Lunar Rain is a Canadian jewellery brand based in Vancouver, Canada. We ship worldwide and specialize in making fine jewellery inspired by nature.

     

    Shop our work at LunarRain.com

     

    We currently have 5 collections:
    Full Fathom Five – A collection inspired by sunken treasure and the sea.
    Earthly Delights – Fantastical jewels inspired by nature, food and other earthly pleasures.
    Gothic Romance – Jewellery inspired by gothic art, fashion and literature.
    Celestial Dreams – Jewellery inspired by the stars and galaxies above and heavenly deities.
    All The Devils Are Here – A darker collection inspired by witchcraft, hell, monsters and memento mori jewellery.

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