The United States Copyright Office has proposed new fees for the registration of claims, recordation of documents, special services, Licensing Division services, and processing of FOIA requests. The Notice of proposed rule making on Copyright Fees is found here, 77 FR 18742. Please take the time and read it carefully.
1. Basic registration: The office will continue strongly supporting the efficient electronic filing option. Paper applications are accepted but the fee would be higher. The processing time will also be shorter for the electronic applications.
2. Renewals. The Office is proposing a reduction in the fee for filing a renewal claim from $115 to $100.
Suggested fee increase changes:
(1) Registration of a basic claim in an original work of authorship:
- Single author, same claimant, one work, not a work made for hire, filed electronically, suggested change from $35 to $45
- All other claims filed electronically, suggested change from $35 to $65
- Forms PA, SR, TX, VA, SE (paper filing), suggested change from $65 to $100
(2) Registration of a claim in a group of contributions to periodicals (Form GR/CP), published photographs, or database updates (paper filing), suggested change from $65 to $100.
The CO Office is providing an opportunity for comments before they submit the fee schedule to the US Congress for review. Comments should be submitted electronically to the Office of the General Counsel in the Copyright Office no later than May 14, 2012.
DBG's Botanical Illustration Program is offering a special class on May 5: