Q&A - Registering Your Copyrights
You must separate your registrations by published and unpublished photos. According to the US Copyright Office, for your unpublished photos, you may register them by collections:
Under the following conditions, a work may be registered in unpublished form as a "collection," with one application form and one fee:
- The elements of the collection are assembled in an orderly form;
- The combined elements bear a single title identifying the collection as a whole;
- The copyright claimant in all the elements and in the collection as a whole is the same; and
- All the elements are by the same author, or, if they are by different authors, at least one of the authors has contributed copyrightable authorship to each element.
As the Copyright Office states, you must send:
- a correctly completed application Form VA or Short Form VA. Follow the instructions for completing Form VA as provided on the Form GR/PPh/CON.
- A completed Form GR/PPh/CON.
Further, as ASMP explains,
"Fortunately, there are alternative ways of registering a large group that do not use the continuation form. As explained in the Copyright Office's formal regulation on the subject, you may instead:
- Submit a group of photographs published within three months before receipt in the Copyright Office and give the range of dates within that period on the application for registration at space 3b; or
- Submit a group of photographs published within a calendar year, give the range of dates within that period on the application for registration at space 3b, and identify with each deposited image the date of its publication.
- directly on each deposited image,
- in a text file on the CD-ROM or DVD that contains the deposited photographic images, or
- on a list that accompanies the deposit.
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