May 14th, 2012 by Mickey Osterreicher
In response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the U.S. Copyright Office “proposing the adoption of new fees for the registration of claims, recordation of documents, special services, Licensing Division services, and processing of FOIA requests” the NPPA, today submitted comments requesting that the Copyright Office reconsider and revise its proposed fee increases as well as streamline the registration process.
In addition to those suggestions the NPPA also included the results of its recent survey on this matter. Based upon comments received and past experience with this issue, NPPA believes that copyright registration is seen by many photojournalists as an almost unaffordable luxury rather than a basic tool to protect one’s work. Increasing the cost of registration fees will almost guarantee that fewer of these images will be registered, thus contributing to both the inability of photojournalists to enforce their copyright and the lack of access to deposits of valuable historical records. Photojournalists would benefit from either significantly lower fees for single work registration, a subscription-type program that did not require fees per-work, or both.