navigating the copyright website...

I got a comment today about navigating the copyright website, so I thought I would walk you all through the process.  The interface takes a bit of getting used to, but once you've done it a few times it will become faster, promise.  (Anything is better than sending artwork snail mail!)  Here goes!

[caption id="attachment_2711" align="alignnone" width="430" caption="Copyright.gov landing page. Click Electronic Copyright Office."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2712" align="alignnone" width="430" caption="click log in mid page"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2713" align="alignnone" width="430" caption="login in or register to create a user name and password"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2715" align="alignnone" width="430" caption="Under copyright services, click register a new claim"][/caption]

* On the next page click start registration. (not pictured)

[caption id="attachment_2716" align="alignnone" width="430" caption="Choose the type of work from the drop down and click contine"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2717" align="alignnone" width="430" caption="click new"][/caption]

* On the next page (not pictured), select the type of work your are registering, and give it a name.  This is just a name for the claim basically.  Later, you will be able to upload all of your individual art files, thus all of the pieces will be recognized separately.

* On the next page (not pictured) click continue (remember you are just set up the ONE claim, you will add all the artwork later)

* Continue answering the questions on the following pages.

[caption id="attachment_2718" align="alignnone" width="430" caption="Now, you will add the claimants (that's you). Click new and enter your information. Once you have done this one time, you will be able to just click add me in the future."][/caption]

* Fill in all the information on the following pages.

* When you come back to the screen that looks like the above image, click continue.

* Continue this process of adding the requested info and clicking continue when you come back to this screen.  You will notice the check marks being filled in to the left.

**Note** Some of the sections you may skip, so read the requests carefully

[caption id="attachment_2719" align="alignnone" width="430" caption="Once you have completed all the sections, you will be prompted to review. Check all the info and click add to cart."][/caption]

* Once you pay, you should be redirected to a screen that will let you upload all of your art.  Double check the file requirements before you begin to upload.  You can upload zip file, which makes things go faster of course.  I like to upload by collection, so it is clear for my purposes when I receive my certificate.

Ok folks, hope that helps!  :)


jan : daisy janie said...

Very helpful! Thanks Khristian!

linda said...

This is very helpful, thanks for showing us all step by step!

khristian said...

Linda, No problemo! Glad it helped you out!

Rebekah said...

Woo Hoo! I just copyrighted my first group of prints and it feels great :) Thanks, Khristian!

khristian said...

Hooray! Great job Rebekah! Congrats!

Todd Lovett said...

Thanks Khristian, you made an intimidating process less so. Thanks!

Shawn Byles said...

Wow....wish I had seen this earlier, before I spent a good part of my Saturday muddling through the ECO site.

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