Copyright Office Establishes New Fees to Begin on May 1

Pacific Coast Highway Cove-Copyright Carolyn E. Wright

The U.S. Copyright Office has announced a new fee schedule covering registration, recordation, and related services; special services; Licensing Division services; and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) services. These fees will take effect on May 1, 2014. The final rule establishing the new fee schedule was published in the Federal Register and a summary is shown below:

New Copyright Office Fees

This new fee schedule is the product of a multiyear process of studying current Copyright Office fees, evaluating the Office’s budget requirements, and considering public comments. While a number of fees, including the fee for standard registrations, have increased to permit the Office to more fully recoup its expenses, some fees have decreased and others remain the same. The Office has also instituted a separate, lower fee for single-author, single-work registration claims. For more information, go to http://www.copyright.gov/docs/newfees.

While it’s never good that fees increase, registering your copyrights with the Copyright Office is still one of the best investments that you can make for protecting your photos.

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