I have been thinking about this whole copyrighting issue that I have launched myself into in order to understand what is going on so that I can sally forth, protected, and I think there is a point at which one must stop trying to be bullet-proof. It is simply impossible.
But before I get to that, I want to share with you the name of an intellectual property lawyer, Kyle-Beth Basson Hilfer, who was kind enough to jump into the fray on a LinkedIn group and explain the whole "collection" vs. "group" thing. She wrote: you are likely dealing with a collection and not a collective work if you are filing a bunch of unrelated art pieces. See explanation at http://www.copyright.gov/eco/help-type.html#collection1. So, this means that when I file my bunch of artwork that has never been copyrighted before, it goes in as a Collection, and each piece is protected. ...I think... oy!
You can check out Kyle-Beth's blog through checking out her website copyright protection blog at: www.kbhilferlaw.com. She knows what she's talking about.
In the meanwhile, until I know more, I now leave this subject of copyright protection to my fellow individual artists to pursue the information that will make each of them feel supported and protected.
But that said, here is what I have been thinking:
If we spend too much time thinking about all the bad things that could happen to our precious artwork - that is, if we continue to pull at that negative possibility like a fray in a sweater - we are wasting creative time, and we are also inviting that energy to hang around in one way or another. Whether or not you think that energy like that will "attract" such experiences, one thing is for sure: it won't make you feel happy and bubbly and like working on what you love.
So, my last word on this is: protect yourself the best you can, and move on!
Life's too short to stop enjoying your art. And your life. (And if you need an IP Attorney, give Kyle-Beth a shout!)