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Copyright Workflow for Photographers: Registration Using Paper Forms

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Although electronic registration is the preferred (and faster) method to register your images, the Copyright Office still accepts paper forms for people who prefer to file that way and for people who are registering a group of published images (a paper form is the only way to register a group of published images, at least for now). This chapter from Copyright Workflow for Photographers: Protecting, Managing, and Sharing Digital Images walks you through the application process using paper forms.
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In Chapter 3, I discuss the process of registering your photos with the U.S. Copyright Office using the online registration platform, eCO. Although electronic registration is the preferred (and faster) method to register your images, the Copyright Office still accepts paper forms for people who prefer to file that way and for people who are registering a group of published images (a paper form is the only way to register a group of published images, at least for now). This chapter walks you through the application process using paper forms.

The Necessary Forms

You’ll encounter two primary forms when registering images: Form VA (which stands for “visual arts”) and Form GR/PPh/CON (which stands for “group registration of published photographs continuation sheet”).

You can find both forms on the Copyright Office website at www.copyright.gov/forms in “fillable” format, which enables you to type your responses online and print out the completed forms, instead of having to complete the forms by hand.

The front of Form VA is shown in Figure 4.1; the back is shown in Figure 4.2.

Figure 4.1

Figure 4.1 Front of Form VA.

Figure 4.2

Figure 4.2 Back of Form VA.

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