Group Registration of Photographs

The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to amend the regulation governing the group registration option for published photographs to reflect certain technical upgrades that will soon be made to the electronic registration system. In addition, the Office is proposing to create a new group registration option for unpublished photographs. Under the proposed rule, applicants will be required to submit an online application and will be allowed to include up to 750 photographs in each submission. The proposed rule will amend the deposit requirement for photographs and photographic databases by requiring applicants to submit their works in digital form. Finally, it will memorialize the Office’s longstanding position regarding the scope of a group registration of photographs.