Design Copyright Registration FAQs

WHAT IS THE GOJD COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION SERVICE?

The GoJD copyright registration service has been introduced in order to enable GoJD designer/maker members to protect their design work from being used unlawfully. Registering your work with us acts as a deterrent to others who may be tempted to use your work without permission and/or to pass it off as their own.

 

HOW DOES COPYRIGHT LAW PROTECT MY WORK?

Copyright prevents other people & companies from making a copy of it, adding it to a website, distributing it on any other media, performing it, showing or playing your work in public and changing it. It also provides the protection needed to keep your work safe from those who might try to copy, or otherwise appropriate, your work for their own use.

 

IS THERE ANY OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT COPYRIGHTING MY WORK THAT I CAN SEE?

source: https://www.gov.uk/copyright

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY WORK IS STOLEN?

Approach the individual or company and let them know that the work is registered with The GoJD Copyright Registration Service. If they refuse to stop using your work, you can threaten legal action to recover damages and a share of their profits using your submission to The GoJD as evidence of ownership and copyright infringement.

 

CAN I DO ANYTHING ELSE TO PROTECT MY WORK?

Yes. You can add the following text somewhere on your work: © 2018 Your Name/Company Name. All Rights Reserved. Registered with The Guild of Jewellery Designers. You can also display the GoJD banners and your serial number so anybody can view your design certificate.

 

IS THERE A SIZE LIMIT ON THE WORK I CAN UPLOAD?

Yes. We have a 25MB limit on files that are uploaded to us. If your work is more than 25MB, try to compress your work and upload in an unzipped format. If your work is graphically based, JPGs can be compressed to reduce the size significantly.

 

DOES ANYONE AT THE GUILD OF JEWELLERY DESIGNERS EVER VIEW MY WORK?

No. Your files are submitted to us and remain confidential. No one at The GoJD will open files unless asked you specifically ask us to.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY SUBSCRIPTION TO THE GoJD SERVICE EXPIRES?

Your work will no longer be protected so please ensure that you maintain your subscription.

Subscriptions are automatically charged every year to your PayPal or Stripe account. If you cancel this arrangement then your subscription to the service will not get automatically renewed.

If you find your account does expire, you can simply Login and add the subscription again in your account dashboard from the ‘Add/Renew Subscription tab.

Files remain stored in your account for up to 30 days after your subscription expires, after that time, we will then delete them to free up server space.

 

HOW CAN I VIEW FILES I’VE SUBMITTED TO THE GoJD?

There are two ways to view registered work: Simply log into your account and click on ‘Your Files’ in your account dashboard to view the list or enter the unique serial number for your registered files on the search portal page. You will be able to give a unique URL and serial number to interested third parties who can also view your work with your permission.

 

HOW DO I PAY?

Payment is made using Paypal  or Stripe, using your credit / debit card from your GoJD account dashboard.

 

HOW WILL MY CLIENTS KNOW MY WORK IS PROTECTED BY YOU?

Banners are available to download in your account dashboard under the ‘Affiliate Info’ tab. When you insert the special Copyright Protect banner script into your webpage, the banner that displays links to our search portal for people to view your certificates.

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

£ 28.00 per year subscription fee for 25 file uploads, £53/year for 50 file uploads and £100/year for 100 file uploads.

GoJD Gold, Gold Plus and Gold Extra receive an allocation of file uploads as part of their subscription.

 

CAN I USE THE COPYRIGHT SYMBOL (©) ON MY ORIGINAL WORK?

It’s entirely up to you. yes you can, but you do not have to. Not using this symbol does not affect your legal rights and your level of protection.

 

HOW DO I UPLOAD MY WORK?

You can submit your work by logging into your account dashboard and uploading to our secure server vault from the ‘Your Files’ page > Upload files.

 

WHAT KIND OF COMPUTER FILES CAN I PROTECT?

You can protect any type of digital file apart from an .exe file.

 

SHOULD I SUBMIT ONLY MY FINAL PIECE OF WORK OR ALL CONNECTED MATERIAL?

You should join and upload all material connected with the design and process you used to come up with it as one file (PDFs are a good format here); it’s all very useful evidence.

 

DOES THE GoJD REGISTER A DESIGN SERVICE USE SSL (SECURE SOCKET LAYERS)?

Yes, we do.

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