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1114.6 Completing the Application: Group Registration of Photographs

1114.6 Completing the Application: Group Registration of Photographs


This Section provides guidance for completing the online application for a group of unpublished photographs and the online application for a group of published photographs. It also provides guidance for preparing the list of titles that must be included with the submission.


The application and title list may be submitted by the author, the copyright claimant, the owner of any of the exclusive rights in the photographs, or a duly authorized agent of one of these parties. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.4 (H) (8), (I) (8).


As discussed in Section 1114.2, applicants must use the online application as a condition for seeking a group registration. If an applicant attempts to use the Standard Application or a paper application, the U.S. Copyright Office will refuse registration and instruct the applicant to resubmit the claim using the appropriate form. This will require a new filing fee and deposit and will result in a later effective date of registration.


NOTE: In exceptional cases, the Office may waive the online filing requirement, subject to such conditions that the Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of the Office of Registration Policy and Practice may impose on the applicant. 37 C.F.R. § 202.4 (H) (11), (I) (11). A request to waive this requirement must be made in writing. It should explain why the applicant is unable to use the online application, and it should be sent to the following address:


Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy & Practice

Registration Program

U.S. Copyright Office

101 Independence Avenue SE Washington, DC 20559