How to register copyright

By Andrew Hudson Published: October 17, 2013 Updated: November 1, 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.


Reply by Nathan

December 11, 2013


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