U.S. Copyright Office Revises Proposed Rulemaking on Recordation and Group Registration Fees
Issue No. 771 - June 21, 2019

As part of its ongoing fee study, the Office is releasing a revised fee schedule regarding additional proposed changes for document recordation and two newly proposed group registration options. As explained in the notice, the Office proposes to adjust the fees for document recordation from a formula based solely on the number of recorded titles to a formula based on the number of works and alternate titles and registration numbers to which a document pertains to better distribute costs among remitters based on the size of their filing. The supplemental notice also announces the Office’s intention to issue fees for its newly proposed group registration options for short online literary works and for works contained on an album of music.

This supplemental notice follows a round of public comment in response to an overall fee schedule proposed in May 2018. While the Office is not currently seeking additional comment on those fees announced in May 2018, the Office’s careful consideration of those comments will be reflected in its forthcoming study submitted to Congress pursuant to 17 USC 701(b), as well as any eventual adjustment instituted to the fee schedule.

The Office welcomes public comment on these additional proposed changes regarding document recordation and the new group options before the Office’s full fee schedule is submitted to Congress.

The supplemental notice and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here. Written comments must be received no later than July 22, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.