In order to protect the copyright in the various works that might be created by a small business, nonprofit, or even an independent artist, our copyright attorneys help our clients to understand copyright law, the benefits of registering your copyrights, the process, and how to enforce your rights against copyright infringement.
What is the copyright registration process?
First, the appropriate application is submitted through the electronic Copyright System (eCO). There are several different applications depending on the type of copyright we are registering:
Do I have to register my copyrights?
Technically, your copyright exists from the moment your work is created and fixed in some tangible form. But registration confers a number of important benefits, especially, the right to sue for copyright infringement. If we don't register your copyright, then we won’t be able to enforce your rights! And registration has the added benefit of making you eligible for statutory damages and attorney’s fees.
How much will it cost to register a copyright?
Copyright office fees vary depending on the type of work being registered, the number of authors, whether the work is a work made for hire, whether the application is submitted electronically, and whether the application is for a group of works. With that said, our copyright attorneys work on a flat fee basis so that our small business and nonprofit clients can budget for their legal needs.
Payment and Fees
Copyright Registration: $600
Copyright Office Fee:
$45 - Single author, same claimant, one work, not for hire
$65 - all other claims in an original work of authorship
$85 - Group of unpublished works
Copyright Office turnaround times are typically 2-4 months, but can take up to 9 months in some cases.
Customs and Border Protection Registration: $400 per registration number
+ $190 CBP Registration Fee (per registration number and per class of goods for trademark registrations)
Copyright Assignment Agreement and Recording: $550
+ Copyright Office Fees Vary
Work for Hire Agreement: $425
Learn More About Works Made for Hire
IP Licensing Agreement: $3,900
Add HIPPA Business Associates Agreement: +$1,000