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Did You Know That: Photographers May Register Up to 750 Photographs as a Group?

Slightly over a year ago, the U.S. Copyright Office updated its rules to improve the efficiency of its group registration of photographs and, thereby, modified its procedure as to published photographs and added a similar group registration procedure for unpublished photographs. There is no mixing-and-matching within groups; each group must be comprised of either published or unpublished photographs.  To be eligible to register a group of unpublished photographs, there are several substantive and technical requirements including—but not limited to—all the photographs must be: unpublished; created by the same author; and provided in digital format. Additionally, the same claimant must be set forth as the holder of the rights. Similar parameters apply to registering a group of published photographs, except that all photographs in the group must be published and within the same calendar year. 

The group as a whole is not deemed a compilation or collective work.  Instead, each photograph is registered as a separate work. Thus, a separate statutory damages award is available for each photograph.  

If you would like further information as to group registration of photographs or need assistance with other types of copyright registration and/or enforcing your copyrights, please do not hesitate to call upon us.