U.S. Copyright Office
Electronic Registration of Groups of Published Photographs


This document deals with electronic registration of groups of publishedphotographs and databases consisting predominantly of photographs.

The Copyright Office has adopted interim regulations governing the electronicsubmission of

  • Applications for registration of automated databases that consistpredominantly of photographs
  • Applications for group registration of published photographs

The interim regulations establish a testing period and pilot program to assessthe desirability and feasibility of permanently allowing these applications to besubmitted through the Copyright Office’s electronic filing system (eCO).

For permission to submit electronic applications to register copyrights in photo­graphic databases or in groups of published photographs, call the Visual ArtsDivision at (202) 707-8202. An electronic application for group registration ofan automated database that consists predominantly of photographic authorshipmust include the image of each claimed photograph in the database.When submitting a paper application to register automated databases and groupupdates to those databases, applicants should use the paper form correspondingto the predominant authorship in the claim. For example, use Form VA (visualarts) for a database of photographs.

For further information, see 76 FR 4072, January 24, 2011. For details aboutcopyright registration, visit the Copyright Office website at www.copyright.gov.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).

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