June 12, 2006

In the June 1, 2006 Federal Register, the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress published is revised fee listing to take effect July 1st. Starting next month, the basic registration filing fee (as noted in 37 CFR § 201.3(c)) will be $45, an increase of 50% over the previous $30 fee. The cost for registration of a renewal claim without an addendum is increasing $15 to $75, while the registration with an addendum is increasing from $30 to $220. Regarding the "Special Service Fees" listed in 37 CFR § 201.3(d), the service charge for a deposit account overdraft is increasing $50 to $150, and the service charge for a dishonored deposit account replenishment check is increasing from $35 to $75. The proposed fee increase for group registration of photographs (from $30 to $75) was not established, and instead, "the Copyright Office has decided to continue its current practice of charging only the basic registration fee ($45 as of July 1) for group registration of photographs as an incentive to photographers to register their works." According to the Federal Register, "[t]he adjusted fees will recover a significant part of the costs to the Office of registering claims and provide full cost recovery for many services provided by the Office which benefit only or primarily the user of that service."

Federal Register Excerpt (June 1, 2006, listing the revised fees): LINK
37 CFR § 201.3 (including current fee list): LINK


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