The information provided is correct to the best of our knowledge and is provided for informational purposes only. Issues regarding intellectual property can be very complicated and therefore we suggest you contact a licensed attorney regarding any specific questions you may have. We have also listed the links to complete US Code Title 17 (copyright law) for your reference.

How to file for copyright
registration of your artwork

The best way to protect your artwork is to register it before it is infringed. While original artwork and giclee prints are protected prior to registration the damages available to an artist for infringment are limited to actual damages. Actual damages may be hard to prove and therefore often are not practical to pursue. Infringement of registered works will allow you to receive actual damages plus legal fees plus statuary fines of up to $150,000 per infringement! Registration currently costs $ 35.00 per painting or a collection of paintings when using the copyright offices online system. Century Editions highly recommends that any piece of art that is published as a giclee print be protected by registration of a copyright. Application is easy with only a 3 part online form and photo's of your art . You can access the online form and additional instructions here:

Copyright Longevity and Expiration Dates

Published works
Prior to 1923 Now in public domain

1923-1963 When published with notice and renewed for a total of 95 years (28 plus an available renewal of 67 years)
These copyrights expire (when properly renewed) between 2018 and 2058

1964-1977 when published with notice 28 years plus automatic renewal of 67 years
These copyrights expire between 2059 and 2072

1978-2002 (applies to work created prior to 1978 but published in this time frame) Greater of: Life of the author +70 years or 2047

1978-present Life of the author +70 years


Non-Published Works
Prior to 1978 The greater of: Life of the author +70 years or 12/31/2002

1978-present Life of the author +70 years

U.S. Copyright Office - Copyright Law of the United States

Chapter 1: Subject Matter and Scope of Copyright

Chapter 2: Copyright Ownership and Transfer
Chapter 3: Duration of Copyright
Chapter 4: Copyright Notice, Deposit, and Registration
Chapter 5: Copyright Infringement and Remedies
Chapter 6: Manufacturing Requirement and Importation
Chapter 7: Copyright Office
Chapter 8: Proceedings by Copyright Royalty Judges
Chapter 9: Protection of Semiconductor Chip Products
Chapter 10: Digital Audio Recording Devices and Media
Chapter 11: Sound Recordings and Music Videos
Chapter 12: Copyright Protection and Management Systems
Chapter 13: Protection of Original Designs
Appendix A: The Copyright Act of 1976
Appendix B: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998
Appendix C: The Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004
Appendix D: The Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004
Appendix E: The Intellectual Property Protection and Courts Amendments Act of 2004
Appendix F: Title 18—Crimes and Criminal Procedure, U.S. Code
Appendix G: Title 28—Judiciary and Judicial Procedure, U. S. Code
Appendix H: Title 44—Public Printing and Documents, U. S. Code
Appendix I: The Berne Convention Implementation Act of 1988
Appendix J: The Uruguay Round Agreements Act of 1994
Appendix K: GATT⁄Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement, Part II
Appendix L: Definition of “Berne Convention Work”

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