Yesterday I got organized and registered a batch of art with the Library of Congress.  As I logged in, I saw a big red warning about system upgrades and downtime and thought I’d pass it along to all of you.

The Copyright Office is engaged in a major project to upgrade the software application that drives eService. System testing and implementation of the new software will occur over three upcoming weekends, resulting in periods during which eService will be offline. The testing and upgrade schedule is as follows:

  • 1. Test Run 1: Friday, July 30, from 5:00 p.m. until Sunday, August 1, at 6:00 a.m.
  • 2. Test Run 2: Friday, August 6, from 5:00 p.m. until Sunday, August 8, at 6:00 a.m.
  • 3. Upgrade: Thursday, August 12, at 5:00 p.m. until Sunday, August 15, at 6:00 p.m.
  • All times listed are Eastern Standard Time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    I hope you have some system in place to regularly submit your art to the Library of Congress.  Without registering your work, you are limiting your ability to defend your work against theft and unlawful use.  Submitting your art to online sites that say they will confirm your deposit if there is a problem isn’t good enough.  The only way to protect your work is through the US Library of Congress.

    If you register online, the cost is $35 per registration and you will get your paperwork back much faster than mailing in your submissions – which costs $45 – so slower and more expensive. Do you think they want artists to embrace technology?

    Attorney Cheryl Hodgson has talked about a variety of copyright related issues in her Ask Calls.  If you have never heard her, go download her first call audio replay for free at

    Cheryl’s January call replay is available for $25 at – try getting legal advice of any help for only $25. 🙂

    Cheryl will be answering more of your legal questions, copyright or otherwise, on Wednesday, August 18, 2010.
    To submit your question for consideration, go to today.

    The call is free if you listen live and the replay will be available for a small fee after the call.

    Protect your creative genius – register copyrights and learn the legal aspects of licensing.  Here’s to your creative success!

    – Tara Reed