The cost of registering unpublished photos is set to increase significantly after the US Copyright Office announced plans to reduce the number of photos that can be registered at any one time.
As of February 20, 2018, the new rules will be in effect and will mean that a maximum of 750 unpublished photos can be registered at once. Previously, there was no limit with mass-registering photos.
The current system allows photographers to register an unlimited number of photos via the Electronic Copyright Office, at the cost of a $55 fee. Photographer John Harrington of Photo Business & News Forum has voiced his concern about the new legislation, calling it “disturbing.” Of the financial repercussions of the 750 picture limit, he said “[It] means that a group registration of 5,500 images that I could previously register for $55 using the online eCO will now cost me $520, or almost a ten-fold increase.”
Harrington also questioned the steep increase in price, remarking on the “little extra cost” the few sheets of certificate paper would cost for registering, for example, 5,500 images instead of 750.
There were some positives though, with individual photos registered as part of a group being covered individually and the fact a single registration now covers pictures from multiple photographers, such as in the case of second-shooter situations, as long as the legal author of the photos is one person.
Read the new rules here.