Copyright registration is relatively cheap and simple. You can go to copyright.gov, create login credentials, and register most works online. The associated fees for registration is about $35 per work registered. For one work of traditional creations, the process is easy. Things become more difficult, however, if you have many works that you wish to register – cost quickly becomes an issue for songwriters with dozens of songs to protected.
Our clients commonly ask about what works should be registered and why. After an hour or so of talking, they begin to understand how to prioritize which works to register. After these discussions, we can show clients how to register their copyrights by walking them through the process with one. Many clients can pick up on how to register their works so that they can reduce the cost of copyright protection to the filing fees, and then they only need to involve our office if they become aware of an infringement or a licensing opportunity.
If you visit copyright.gov, you might be a bit overwhelmed by what you see. Our firm regularly advises clients on how to use this website, and if those clients still can’t do it (or if they would simply rather not) then we are happy to do the work for them. Let us know if you have questions about copyright registration.