Photo Attorney

Mar 16, 2007

Registering Your Copyrights: Do It Right The First Time

While registering photos with the U.S. Copyright Office is not difficult, it can be time consuming if you need to register several years' worth of photos. In those cases, you may be tempted to take some short cuts. But don't.

If you register your photos incorrectly, especially by blatantly recording the wrong publication date or by mixing your published and unpublished photos on one form, a court may deem your registration to be invalid as if you never registered at all. While minor errors won't affect your registration, the first thing a defendant infringer will do is to try to void it. Don't waste your time and money registering your photos if you won't do it right!

One way to start registering a large collection is to register your most recent shoot of unpublished images before your publish any of them or perhaps register all of those shots you have published thus far in 2007. Then go back one calendar year at a time to register other photos as you can. Eat the elephant one bite at a time!

Take my advice; get professional help.

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