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Author Topic: Published versus Unpublished Application  (Read 595 times)


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Published versus Unpublished Application
« on: 06-21-16 at 03:35 pm »

I have graphic images I have created. So far, they exist only on my desktop computer, and have not been published in any sense of the word. My intent, however, is to apply these images to various products - T-shirts, badges, mugs, and so on - and offer them for sale. These products do not, however, currently exist in any form.

I am interested in protecting the image via copyright. Should my application state that these images are currently unpublished, even though my intent is to publish them pretty much immediately? I would prefer to avoid the requirement that published works be submitted to the Library of Congress, if possible.

On a related note, assuming I apply under unpublished status and wait until my application is acknowledged, can I then proceed with creation of these products without any changes to the original application, and without filing another claim as published works?


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