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Washington, Feb 12 (Canadian-Media): A final on group registration of photographs was recently issued by the U.S. Copyright Office which will take effect on February 20, 2018, Library of Congress (LOC) reports said.
Apart from modification of the earlier procedure of the Office for registering published photographs, LOC's new rule also establishes a similar procedure for registering unpublished photographs.
Applicants seeking a group registration, beginning February 20, 2018, will reportedly be required to use the online applications specifically designated for published and unpublished photographs.
These applicants would also be required to submit a digital copy of each photograph being registered.
These new applications were released on February 7, 2018, to give photographers enough time to familiarize themselves with the new forms before the rule goes into effect.
The Office also prepared help text that provides step-by-step instructions for completing each application for published and unpublished photographs.
As mentioned in the final rule, applicants will be required to prepare and submit a list containing the titles and file names for each photograph in a group, along with a copy of each photograph in the group.
The Office developed templates that may be used to prepare this list.
When the final rule goes into effect on February 20, 2018 a new circular would reportedly be issued by the U.S. Copyright Office to provide more information concerning these group registration options.
In the meantime, photographers may reportedly continue to use the Standard Application or a paper application to register a group of published photographs or a “collection” of unpublished photographs, but the claim must be received by February 19, 2018.
If Standard Application or a paper application form is used on or after February 20, 2018, the Office will refuse registration and instruct the applicant to resubmit the claim using the appropriate form.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)