How do I register my copyright?

By Andrew Hudson  October 31, 2013

Your photos automatically get copyright protection when you take them. But, for extra coverage, you can register your copyright online.

You can submit a group of photos (any number, as long as they are copyrighted by the same person in the same year) for one fee of $35 (subject to change). In return, you receive a certificate of registration, and the confidence that, if someone infringes your copyright, you have full legal recourse.

You can register your copyright online (in the U.S.) at

“[To register copyright] the applicant shall submit to the Copyright Office —

  • (A) an application for registration of the work;
  • (B) a deposit; and
  • (C) the applicable fee.

U.S.C. Title 17 §408(f)(3)

“You can apply to register your copyright in one of two ways: Online application [and] … paper application. … Online registration … is the preferred way to register basic claims …”
U.S. Copyright Office, Circular 1

For more information, see this step-by-step guide on how to register your copyright online.

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