Industry & Advocacy News
February 21, 2020
On February 19, 2020, the U.S. Copyright Office issued a new
fee schedule. The following fee
adjustments will be of interest to many authors:
Some authors may be interested in the following fees:
The fee to designate an agent to receive notices of claimed
copyright infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act stays the
same at $6. You should have such a
designated agent if you allow other people to post on your website, or else you
run the risk of being held liable if they post infringing material. If you have
such an agent, please remember to update this designation annually.
The Authors Guild provided input in the fee rulemaking process, and while we would have liked to see a few of the fees be lower, all in all, the fees for the types of applications authors will generally submit are only increasing by $10. We are still waiting for a group registration process for online text works, which would allow writers to register together all of the online articles, blogs, etc. they have written over a certain period. Hopefully the rule permitting this type of group registration will be issued soon.