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Creators: Be Aware of the Copyright Office Rule Change!

Remember that a copyright cannot be enforced if the work has not been registered with the Copyright Office—and registering before infringement makes a big difference in what you can recover.  Making registration a matter of habit is a good resolution for the New Year—but it is important to know that the rules have changed.  Used to be, all creators could register an unlimited amount of unpublished work on a single form, for a single fee. Not any more.

It is still possible to register multiple unpublished works, but the Copyright Office has now capped the number of unpublished works permitted per application at TEN.  This applies to written works and non-photographic works of visual art.   Photographers may still register up to 750 images at once, provided they use the proper form.

It’s not as good a deal as it used to be—but group registration of unpublished work is still the best deal around, and remains an important tool for creators to protect their work.

 

Profile

Daniel Abraham has practiced in copyright, trademark, licensing and entertainment law for more than 15 years, primarily serving the creative community.

Prior to entering full-time legal practice, Abraham worked as a professional illustrator. His work has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and corporate publications nationwide.

Abraham currently teaches copyrights and contracts to illustration students at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), and has also instructed students at the Parsons School of Design, both in New York City. He lectures frequently on copyright issues.  Past venues include the Society of Illustrators, the Graphic Artists Guild, the Society of Scribes and the School of Visual Arts.

As the Graphic Artists Guild’s Vice-President for Advocacy from 1987 to 1998, Abraham co-directed the national Artists for Tax Equity lobbying effort, which in 1988 won artists exemption from the tax capitalization requirements of the Tax Reform Act of 1986. He also led the Guild’s successful campaign to exempt California artists’ rights transfers from state sales tax.

Abraham created the Legal Easel® forum on The Ispot illustration website, providing free legal guidance for illustrators.

Degrees
A.B., University of Chicago, 1974
J.D., University of Miami, 1977

Admissions
Federal: U.S. Supreme Court, First Circuit, Second Circuit
State: New York, Illinois