Ok this part I know save yourself a ton of money and register
the entire line under one group name. Individual pieces may be
copyrighted at the same time if they are part of a series.
A ton of money? Hardly. But fully understand the law when copyright
registering a group. The real devil will be in what you are willing
to, and can, enforce.
I am doing a teen line too but cannot afford to copyright it
Huh, what can't you afford, it's FREE. You own the copyright the
instant you put the first one in fixed form. Now are subsequent ones
actually copies or derived works or actually more new creations.
That's a real issue that may severely limit what you can enforce. And
you should provide notice too, there are special rules for that
specifically for jewelry.
All I have to do under law is advertise them in a print
and once I earn money (hopefully crossing fingers) from sales I can
get the copyright official.
It's already "official," just not registered.
But every work of art in any media now is owned in the USA by the
This is quite FALSE as a general statement. In the instance of an
independent person creator using their own materials and in the
absence of any agreement otherwise, the copyright, and the work, are
owned by the creator---but there are lots of situations where neither
the work nor the copyright will be owned by the artist.
as the International copyright laws are amazingly complicated.
Actually, via the Berne and Paris Conventions, and the slowly
gaining WCT, they are relatively simple compared to say individual
country trade laws...
James E. White