Monday, May 7, 2012
Proposed Changes To The Cost Of Copyright
As a professional photographer, copyright is an extremely important topic to me. And it should be important to you, too—as well as for every photographer, artist and musician. Which is why it's a bit concerning that the US Copyright Office has proposed to increase the fees for registering photographic works from $35 to $65. You don't need to be a math whiz to see that it's almost double the cost. Many consider the process expensive enough already, which makes it somewhat preventative if you're on a real budget, but almost doubling the cost is definitely going to keep a lot of photographers from registering their works. This is why the Advertising Photographers of America have raised some red flags about the proposed change, and they're asking photographers who have a stake in the game to let their voices be heard at the Copyright Office via an online form. Take a look at the proposed revisions via the A Photo Editor site, and then if you feel strongly that the cost to register your photographs should not increase, let the Copyright Office know why.