The same scenario as above, but where they are 500 published images, taken within a one-year period, registered with the photography group registration option?
The Copyright Office has created group registration options for serial issues, newspapers issues, newsletters issues, contributions to periodicals, published photographs, and for automated databases. All of these group options are intended to register the specific works or the specific issues within each group, with the exception of a group registration for the periodic updates to databases which must satisfy the requirements of a compilation and/or derivative work.
A group registration of published photographs is a means of registering a large number of works individually with a single application and fee. The U.S. Copyright Office’s stated position is that a group registration for published photographs should not be considered a derivative work, a compilation, or a collective work under section 504(c)(1) of the Copyright Act. Specifically, the Office takes the position that a group registration covers each photograph in the group that is copyrightable, and a copyright owner should be entitled to seek a separate award of statutory damages for each copyrightable photo. For further information, please see Compendium (Third), Chapter 1100, §§ 1104.4, 1116.