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When You Copyright a Group of Pieces, How Many Can Be in the Group?

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Joe EscalanteHi Joe,

I have an artist question…When you copyright in a grouping of pieces, how many pieces can be in the group?

– Deb Haugen


Barely Legal Radio w/ Joe Escalante

You can copyright a collection of drawings, or a group of songs by submitting them together and naming it something like Deb’s Summer 2014 Collection of Notable Bee Keeper Portraits.” This is a great way to save some money in some instances.

However, all the claimants and/or authors have to be the same for each piece. If it’s just you, you’re fine. Or if it’s you and two other co-authors, that’s fine as long as the co-authors are the same on all the pieces in the collection.

The Copyright office doesn’t publicize a limit on the number of pieces that could be on one registration so I don’t know how far you could push this.

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May 5th, 2014 at 11:57 am

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