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Blog: Copyright Of Designs And Sculptural Works

October 23, 2014

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One category of original works of authorship subject to copyright protection is “pictorial, graphic and sculptural works.”  This category would include three-dimensional works made out of any type of material.  The work is protected once it has been created and offered to the public for sale.  No specific form of notice is required to qualify as a copyrighted work.

After the first sale of a sculptural work, the work can be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.  A completed copyright registration application can be mailed to “Library of Congress, Copyright Office-VA, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20559” or it can be completed online at www.copyright.gov.  Along with the application, the creator or owner of the work would need to send a picture of the work and a registration fee of $35.  The owner of a sculptural work is not required to register it with the copyright office to have a valid copyright, but doing so provides stronger protection against copyright infringers.

This blog post is authored by Jacob Natwick and meant for informational purposes only.  It is not meant to provide legal advice in any particular circumstance or factual situation.  You should consult with an attorney prior to taking any action regarding the information contained herein.  

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