Copyright protection for your songs, photos, poems and other creative work is not expensive – it only costs $35 to register online with the US Copyright Office. And to make the deal even sweeter… it’s possible to register multiple pieces at once.
[**NOTE** US Copyright Office registration fee increased to $55 for some applications on 5/1/2014. For more information about the fee increase click here]
How do you do this? The first step to registering multiple pieces is to have them organized in a way that will allow you to upload them quickly and easily to the US Copyright office website when you are completing the electronic copyright registration form online. Basically, the $35 buys you one hour of time to upload your work. One hour should be plenty of time to upload a collection of songs or a series of photographs. If you prepare properly, it’s possible to upload over 2,000 photographs within the hour… which is less than 2¢ a picture.
It’s a good idea to watch the tutorial provided by the US Copyright Office on how to complete the online registration process (eCO Tutorial) before you start your registration.
–> http://www.copyright.gov/forms/ US Copyright Office fees are subject to change.
BY: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M.
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