Copyright Office Proposes New Fee Schedule
The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing the adoption of a new fee schedule. Congress authorized the Register to set and adjust Copyright Office fees that are fair, equitable, and give due consideration to the objectives of the copyright system. The Office adjusts its fees every three to five years, after first conducting a study of the actual cost to the Office of providing its fee-based services. The Office initiated a new cost study in June 2017, and based on its outcome, proposes the fee schedule described in the notice of proposed rulemaking. In addition, we have provided the model used to craft the fee schedule, based on the findings of the cost study.
Though the Office does not seek to achieve full cost-recovery, the proposed fees aim to recover a significant portion of the costs the Office incurs for providing fee-based services.