Register Sculpture, Paintings, Jewelry…

Of course, it would be impractical (and expensive!) to send a sculpture, painting, jewelry, or other works of applied arts to the Copyright Office as deposit copies. Fortunately, you don’t need to do that. You may register these types of works by sending photographs of them — but it may be advisable to submit more than one photo of the same work (e.g., showing all sides of a sculpture) to ensure that the registration encompasses the entire work.

Register sculpture, etc.

There are two ways to do this. One is to combine all the images of a single work into one PDF document and upload this document as your deposit copy. This method is required if you intend to register a group of these works For instance, five unpublished sculptures may be registered as a group on one application, and you would upload five PDF files, each containing the images depicting one sculpture.

A second option, if you intend to register just one work, is to upload the individual photos into one RightsClick Project. Next, you would select the radio button to indicate that the photographs should be treated as a single work. This video shows these steps, which you can also download as a PDF here.

Yes, you may email us your copyright question, and we’ll do our best to answer, but RightsClick is not your attorney, and it does not provide legal advice.