Copyright Office Submits Proposed Fee Schedule and Analysis to Congress
Issue No. 783 - October 17, 2019

The Copyright Office has submitted to Congress a proposed schedule and analysis of fees for Copyright Office services in accordance with copyright law. The proposed schedule recommends new fees for certain Office services, including applications to register copyrights, record documents, and issue certifications, among others. This proposed schedule follows the Office’s comprehensive cost study, which included a number of comments that the Office considered carefully. It also reflects modifications to the Office’s earlier proposals based on public comment, including a reduction in proposed increases.

Pursuant to copyright law, the Register of Copyrights may institute the new fees 120 days after the proposed schedule is submitted to Congress, unless Congress enacts a law within the 120-day period stating that it does not approve the schedule.

The Office seeks to implement the new fees in the spring of 2020 pursuant to regulations to be issued by the Register of Copyrights. The proposed fee schedule and analysis is available here.