Photographs


Important Note: The option for registering a “collection” of unpublished photographs was eliminated February 20, 2018. The “Standard Application” or a paper application MAY NOT BE USED to register multiple photographs on or after that date.


You may register up to 750 unpublished photos on the same application, but YOU MUST SELECT the application designated for “Unpublished Photographs.” Likewise, you may register up to 750 published photos, but YOU MUST SELECT the application designated for “Published Photographs.” Read more.


To access these applications, select the link for “Register a Group of Photographs” on the home page of the electronic registration system. Click here if you need help finding this link.


Click here to watch a video that provides step-by-step instructions for completing the application for “Unpublished Photographs.” Click here to watch a video tutorial for the application for “Published Photographs.”


The Copyright Act protects a wide variety of photographic works. This category includes photographs that are created with a camera and captured in a digital file or other visual medium such as film. Examples include color photos, black and white photos, and similar types of images.


Works commonly registered in this category
Commercial Documentary Photos Editorial
Events Fine Art Forensic
Personal Photojournalism School
Scientific Sports Wedding
Portrait
Log in to the Electronic Copyright Office
(eCO) Registration System