The United States Copyright Office (USCO) has announced a new fee schedule that went into effect on Friday, March 20, 2020. This follows a comprehensive cost study, an evaluation of budget requirements, and a review of previous proposals and public commentary.
The changes are an attempt by the USCO to balance its expenses. Not all fees increased. Some decreased. And some, like group applications for photos, have remained the same.
The most widely-affected cross-section of applicants will likely be those filing a standard registration. The new online filing fee is now $65. A single work by a single author (not for hire) is now $45.
You may find a comprehensive list of fee changes on the United States Copyright Office site here.
If you have specific questions regarding your personal circumstances and copyright filings or need help understanding the fee changes and how they affect you and/or your business, please contact intellectual property attorney Crystal Broughan of Marks Gray, P.A. for information and advice.