Five Free Copyright Registration Resources

Most photographers recognize the importance of registering their copyrights with the US Copyright Office. The registration process is straightforward for most situations. But if you don’t do it correctly, your registration can be delayed or later determined to be invalid. Fortunately, there are five free great resources to help you get your registrations done right.

  1. The U.S. Copyright Office has a lot of information on its website.
  2. I’ve got several posts on copyright registration here on the PhotoAttorney blog. Scan down the right column to find the Google search bar or click here to find blogs on your areas of interest. I also have prepared a primer on the steps to register your copyrights.
  3. The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) has an extensive tutorial available to the public.
  4. You may call the Visual Arts Section of the Examining Division of the Copyright Office directly at 202-707-8202. While the Copyright Office’s guidance is not binding on a court of law, the Office’s representatives have an excellent understanding of the Copyright Act.
  5. You may contact via email John H. Ashley (jash(at) of the Copyright Office with your questions on registration. So that we don’t inundate the Copyright Office, please first review the available written information and contact the Office only for difficult or unusual circumstances.

Make a new year’s resolution that you will keep – register your copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office. With these free resources, it’s easier than trying to lose those 10 extra pounds.

Take my advice; get professional help.

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