Fee for Recording Documents with Electronic Title Lists

The Copyright Office has published a final rule establishing a separate, lower filing fee for recording documents with the Office when they are submitted with an electronic title list, i.e., a list of certain indexing information about the works to which such documents pertain. The reduced fee should incentivize use of these lists, leading to increased administrative efficiency and providing a less expensive avenue to obtain the benefits of recording a document with the Copyright Office. As required by 17 U.S.C. § 708, in connection with this fee, the Office conducted a cost study and submitted a proposed fee schedule and analysis to Congress on August 18, 2017, which began a 120-day review period during which no law was enacted stating in substance that Congress disapproved of the fee. The fee became effective on December 18, 2017.