Registering Copyright Works with the U.S. Copyright Office
Although not mandatory to obtain copyright protection in the U.S., many copyright owners register their works with the U.S. Copyright Office. There are several advantages for doing so should the copyright owner need to enforce his or her rights in court.
Beginning 1 May 2014, the U.S. Copyright Office will have new fees for the copyright registration of claims, recordation of documents, special services and more. The Copyright Office is funded through fees for services and federal appropriations. When setting new fees, the Copyright Office must keep in mind its responsibility to create sound financial policies and have a budget that is based on its collected fees. However, it must also price services so that authors and other copyright owners are encouraged to use its services and that the public benefits from its services.
New Copyright Office Fees as of 1 May 2014
The current fee of $35 for filing a copyright registration online will remain for single authors (not joint authors), single works (not collections) and for works that are not a work made for hire. All other works will cost $55 to file online.
Filing a paper form is currently $65 and this will increase to $85.
Click for a full list of the new copyright office fees.
Register Copyrights Now!
If you need to register any of your works, do so before the end of April and save some money. Register your works with the U.S. Copyright Office.