Registeration of Photo with Register of Copyright Office

According to federal law, if you take a photograph, you own the copyright to that photograph. You dot not have to register your photos with the Copyright Office to own it.  If you plan on filing a lawsuit, you must register your copyright before the lawsuit. If you want to qualify for possible statutory damages, you must register your copyright within 90 days of the publication of your photos. 


❑ If you don't have the photos on your computer or phone anymore, download all of the photos onto your desktop.


❑ Create a file folder called "Untitled Images" and drag the photos into this folder.


❑ Go to the Register of Copyright Office.


❑ Create a username and password.* 


❑ Follow the instructions to register the copyright to your images


❑ Type of case: "Work of Visual Arts"


❑ Title: "Untitled Images"


❑ Author/Creator: "Yes" 


❑ Upload all of your images.


❑ At the end of the process, you will receive a copyright registration case number that corresponds to your images. Keep it safely on file.


❑ Remember your user name and password so that you can always access your copyrighted material and the registration case number.



*If you don't want your name and address to show on your registration, register under a fictitious name. Your registration - not your photos - will be publicly available information.


**This will cost you $35, but you will be able to upload multiple images.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​