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Searching & registering copyrighted material in the USA
show user profile  cats579
Hello All,

I know this is a little off topic for maxforums, but this is one of my favorite forums so I'm hoping someone can at least point me in the right direction.

I have been doing graphic design and 3D for some years now and read in may forums that graphic design work (like logos) and other things I make I should copyright / register. I figured since I usually only deal with mom & pop stores it's no big deal so I never researched how to copyright any of my work. Well one of my items, I have just found out, has gone viral through a large network of people stealing both my client's and my work. I made this design like 2 years ago. I have the original files and receipts of getting this artwork printed on t-shirts.

Essentially, this is going to go one of two ways. One, it's a lesson learned but I learn how to protect myself for the future, and register my artwork ASAP. Two, find out if anyone has already tried to register my design, if not register ASAP and try to retroactively get compensated for my work. Either way I'd like to try and register the artwork. I just have no idea how to go about looking to see if someone already registered my artwork as theirs, how to register my artwork, or what I should register in the future. I have tried to decipher the USA registration website but I just don't understand it. Any help is welcome and I thank you for your time and help ahead of time.

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7/20/2013 10:58:45 PM (last edit: 7/20/2013 11:07:00 PM)
show user profile  marktsang
if someone paid you to do the work it may not be yours to protect anymore - depends on the contract i think

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7/21/2013 3:56:34 AM (last edit: 7/21/2013 3:56:34 AM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
Good luck on that....cant really go around trying to copyright every little thing you design! It doesn't really work like that.

This is what contracts are denote who owns what rights.
Depending on work-for-hire, may own NO rights! Or you may have tons.....but rest assured without any sort of proper contract it's not a good place to be.

And the bottom line is that if you wish to hire a lawyer and spend money to sue? Then go right ahead....that is the conduit for such things. Heck...I could sue you if I wanted ;)

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7/22/2013 11:21:34 PM (last edit: 7/22/2013 11:23:21 PM)
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