Copyright Registration

FOR ARTISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE AGENCIES THAT REPRESENT THEM

Photographers and artists are constantly creating new works. Photo agencies receive thousands of unregistered images from contributors every daycopyright-chain.

Although copyright registrations are not required, they can be very helpful for a number of reasons (discussed below). Our approach to copyright registration is to be systematic.

If new works are constantly being created, then a system needs to be used to ensure that the new works are being registered.

HOW DO I COPYRIGHT MY IMAGES?

Copyright exists the moment a creative work is created. That means that the very second you take a picture or put paint on a canvas it is copyrighted. That has been the law in the United Stated and many other countries around the world since at least 1989.

copyright-registration-programWHAT IS A COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION?

A copyright registration is when you file paperwork to “register” a copyrighted work with the United States Copyright Office.

HERE IS HOW IT WORKS:

Our registration program allows registration of multiple images on the same copyright application. Registration of published images, for example, within 90-days of publication can be done in batch process and the number of images is unlimited provided the images are by the same author and owned by the same claimant. It is also possible in some cases to batch process a year’s worth of images for a particular photographer with a single copyright application.

These approaches, and others, can be customized to fit the needs of a particular photographer or the stock agencies that represent photographers.

WHY SHOULD I DO THIS?

There are many reasons to register your creative works. Digital distribution and use of images can, of course, increase revenue. Unfortunately, the unauthorized use of the same can decrease revenue. By maximizing the distribution and retail value of your creative work and systematically policing your work for unauthorized use, money can be made. A systematic copyright registration program can help this process by potentially:

(i) increasing the dollar amount of copyright infringement demands and settlements; and
(ii) decreasing the time required to resolve a copyright infringement matter.

HERE IS THE STREAMLINED PROCESS:

Our Copyright Registration Program is streamlined in five easy steps. First, simply complete an easy questionnaire through our online system. We will then follow up with you to develop a registration program plan that best suits your needs. Next, you’ll collect your cataloged images for us to submit with the application. We will then file the copyright registration application with the U.S. Copyright Office. Lastly, you’ll receive a Certificate of Registration for your images in the mail.

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CONTACT US TO GET STARTED

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