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How to Copyright your work

There has been a thread or two previously about copyrighting. For
those who have not read them, here is the again. The
actual application process is relatively simple and not at all time
consuming. The fee is $30 and covers a group of works if they are
submitted together as a collection. For all the pertinent information
go to:

Jewelry design is copyrighted by using the VA, Visual Arts form. There
is a short version which is only one page and very simple to fill out.
The form and instructions can be obtained directly at:

You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader program in order to download
and fill out the PDF forms online. This program is free from Adobe
and can be downloaded at:

You will need to submit a deposit with your application which is a
copy of a photograph of the item, or technical drawing, etc., and if
the work has been published (in a periodical or magazine) you will
need to include a copy as well. It took seven months to receive my
registered copyright back in the mail, fairly expedient given the
amount of material they must have to process.

Michael David Sturlin, jewelry artist @Michael_David_Sturli

Michael Sturlin Studio, Scottsdale Arizona USA

The laws regarding copyright vary from country to country. In
Australia recently there have been changes made to the copyright law.
The Arts Law Centre in Brisbane has 2 workshops coming up: Licensing
Copyright Works for Visual Artists (2/4/01) Craftspeople and Designers
(9/4/01) on recent changes to copyright law in Australia: Digital
Agenda & Moral Rights. I’m guessing that there will be similar
seminars held around Australia. I’ve been to previous Arts Law
seminars and found them very useful, and this one is affordable at $10
for members/affiliates and $30 non-members. The Arts Law phone number
is 07 3211 3628. elizabeth brisbane