The U.S. Copyright Office has officially announced that this summer (2007), it will offer the option to file a copyright registration online through its website.
The advantages include:
Lower filing fee of $35 for a basic claim (for online filings only)
Fastest processing time
Earlier effective date of registration
Online status tracking
Payment online by credit card or Copyright Office deposit account
The Copyright Office will continue to offer the option to complete an application online, print it, and mail it to the Copyright Office. Current forms will be replaced by new forms on or after July 1. With new scanning software, the Office will be able to process these forms more efficiently and faster. Note that the current $45 fee for a paper application will be retained.
CarolynCarolyn E. Wright, Esq.www.photoattorney.com
Author of the new "Photographer's Legal Guide"[/i]