The Copyright Office, part of the Library of Congress, has announced that fees to register for copyrights will be changing as of May 1, 2014.  Since 2009 there has been a set fee of $35 whether you are registering one piece of art or a collection of 100 images.  This all changes on May 1.

The standard registration fee will change to $55 – that will include any registration of more than one image.

Single registration – meaning one piece of work by one person not made for hire – will remain at $35.

Most likely, all of our registration fees will change to $55 because I don’t know of anyone who registers art one image at a time. (You’d have to have quite a budget for copyright registrations if you do!) So I highly recommend you register what you have by April 30th to take advantage of the current $35 fee and then know it will cost a little more going forward.

Here is the official notice from the Copyright Office:

Copyright Office Announces New Fee Schedule; First Since 2009

The U.S. Copyright Office is announcing a new fee schedule covering registration, recordation, and related services; special services; Licensing Division services; and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) services. These fees will take effect on May 1, 2014. The final rule establishing the new fee schedule was published in the Federal Register today and is available at www.copyright.gov/fedreg/2014/79fr15910.pdf.

This new fee schedule is the product of a multiyear process of studying current Copyright Office fees, evaluating the Office’s budget requirements, and considering public comments. While a number of fees, including the fee for standard registrations, have increased to permit the Office to more fully recoup its expenses, some fees have decreased and others remain the same. The Office has also instituted a separate, lower fee for single-author, single-work registration claims. For more information, go tohttp://www.copyright.gov/docs/newfees.

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed