Copyright Registration Getting More Expensive

Copyright registration in the United States could suddenly be getting a lot more expensive for photographers.


A tip of the cap to the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) for spreading the word about a change in policy at the United States Copyright Office that could make it considerably more expensive for photographers to file their images for copyright protection.

Effective February 20, 2018, submissions to the US Copyright Office will be limited to 750 images. Previously there had been no limit, which meant photographers could effectively submit a virtually unlimited number of photos in a single batch, paying only a single fee.

Now, the $55 registration fee will only cover submissions of up to 750 images, which could cause the total cost to go up significantly for photographers who want to submit a large number of images.

If you have a large number of photos you’ve not yet registered with the US Copyright Office, you may want to hurry up and get your images submitted before February 20, 2018.

You can read the details of the new application process (including a link to a PDF document with the final rule that implements the change in submission guidelines) on the US Copyright Office website here: