The U.S. Copyright Office Is Changing Registration Fees…

The U.S. Copyright Office is adjusting some of their fees in order to “align”them with the cost of providing services. Registration, recordation, and related services will be affected. New fees will go into effect on May 1st, 2014.

Many registration fees will increase to $55 from $35. The registration fee for “single authors who file an online claim for a single work that is not a work made for hire” will be $35.

Filing copyright claims online will now be $85, up from $65.

Copyright renewal fees will decrease to $100 from $115.

The full list of fees is here.


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5 Responses

  1. Jakomi

    Pretty deep price hikes when you think about it. Originally $35 increasing to $55 that is a more than 50% increase Have prices really gone up that much? I seriously doubt it. And copy right claims up from $65 to $85 also seems steep – also more than a 30% hike. I just wondering if anyone has done a cost benefits analysis?

    • Nina Ulloa

      you really think they have money? look at their website… i doubt that this is turning the u.s. copyright office into a cash cow.

  2. ja

    looks like that whole ascap going to washington to change copyright policy thing is rolling out nicely so far.

  3. Willis

    Well, it looks like someone will be making more money in the copyright game.

  4. Vivian

    For $35 I registered over 1600 unpublished photographs I took in 2013. I really can’t complain about having to pay $20 more to do it this year. I do think, however, that $35 to register a single photo, work of art, etc is too much.