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Copyright Registration: Group Photo Limit

Full Question: Can we get rid of the 750 image limit per registration of groups of published images?

Answer: The Copyright Office recently updated its regulations governing group registration options for photographers to encourage broader participation in the registration system, increase the efficiency of the registration process, and create a more robust record of the claim. Photographers now have the option to submit a group of published photographs or a group of unpublished photographs, provided the eligibility requirements are met. In both cases, the group must contain no more than 750 photographs. Given the Office’s resource limitations and the modest filing fee for these group options, the Office found it had to impose a limit on the total number of photographs that could be submitted. In light of its experience with the Form GR/PPh/CON, the Office determined that 750 strikes an appropriate balance between the interests of photographers and the administrative capabilities of the Office.

Answered by:

Rob Kasunic, Director of Registration Policy and Practices at the U.S. Copyright Office.