Simplifying Copyright Registration for Architectural Works

The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations concerning the procedures for registering architectural works.

The current application process requires a paper application and expresses a preference for deposit copies to be physical drawings or photographs. The proposed regulations would require use of the online Standard Application and encourage applicants to upload digital copies of their works, rather than submitting physical copies. These proposed changes will improve the overall efficiency of the registration process and provide more prompt legal benefits for applicants. The proposed regulation also clarifies under what circumstances applicants must provide a date of construction for a building, as well as the meaning of the phrases “overall form of the building” and “interior arrangements of spaces and/or design elements,” which are the aspects of the architectural work that must be perceptible in a deposit copy submitted by an applicant.