Do you frequently register groups of your published images with the U.S. Copyright Office? Have you thought about registering your images but found the paperwork too burdensome?
If so, there may be an opportunity to make registering--and therefore protecting--your images a bit easier. On January 24, the U.S. Copyright Office launched a pilot program to enable photographers to complete an Electronic Copyright Office (eCO) online copyright application for "group registration of databases that predominantly consist of photographs" as well as "group registration of published photographs."
The goal of this pilot program is to not only determine whether eCO has the capacity to accept registration claims of this nature, but also make the registration process less time-consuming (especially for those who would otherwise be required to complete a paper application). Using the online system is also advantageous to copyright owners because applications submitted via eCO are processed significantly faster than paper forms.
Interested in taking part in this e-Group Registration pilot program? Here's your first step: Determine your eligibility (prior to completing a registration application) by contacting the Visual Arts Division of the U.S. Copyright Office at 202-707-8202.