5 Reasons Photographers Should Build Copyright Registration into the Budget


It’s affordable.

As an afterthought, any kind of fee might seem pricey. But when you’re planning a project, accommodating less than $100 is probably easy. And because that will cover the registration of up to 750 images on one application, you can protect the photos from a whole job, or possibly more than one job.

It’s a high-value practice.

For example, a group of 100 images costs less than $2 per image to register. But the value of a copyright infringement of just one of those images may be thousands, or tens of thousands, of dollars. Most claims settle out of court—and for a lot more than $2—but what motivates settlements is that registration number issued by the Copyright Office.

It makes contracts meaningful.

You know the old saying about a contract not being worth the paper it’s printed on. Well, this cliché just might apply to that paragraph about retaining your copyrights—if you don’t register the photos. Without registration, your remedies for infringement are so limited that you may not be able to enforce the rights reserved by contract.

It’s good for business.

When you register your photographs, you protect yourself and your clients. If you do commercial work, for example, and some other business uses a photo in a way your client doesn’t like, their best remedy may be helping you enforce your copyright rights. If so, they will truly appreciate your diligence in taking care of registration.

It’s easy with RightsClick.

In a matter of minutes, you can submit a group of several hundred photographs for registration from your RightsClick portfolio, and your application is usually filed with the Copyright Office within 24 hours. You will avoid the hassles of the registration system, and you will build and organize your portfolio according to copyright-relevant information you will need if enforcement becomes necessary.

Click here to learn how easy it is to make copyright registration part of your workflow!