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PPA Today: Copyright: February 2011 Archives

Copyright: February 2011 Archives

In our digital world, it is highly likely that your photographic work has fallen victim to online infringement at some time. PPA recognizes this fact and encourages Congress to provide copyright owners with a method of pursuing widespread infringers.  

In a letter to all 535 members of Congress on February 15, 2011, PPA reminds Congress of the importance of securing the Internet and developing enforcement mechanisms to address infringing websites.  The letter touts S.3084 - Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeit Act (COICA), introduced in the 111th Congress, and urges them to once again put forward legislation that will protect both creators and consumers by strengthening the laws that protect against online piracy.

Read more here.
Do you frequently register groups of your published images with the U.S. Copyright Office? Have you thought about registering your images but found the paperwork too burdensome?

If so, there may be an opportunity to make registering--and therefore protecting--your images a bit easier. On January 24, the U.S. Copyright Office launched a pilot program to enable photographers to complete an Electronic Copyright Office (eCO) online copyright application for "group registration of databases that predominantly consist of photographs" as well as "group registration of published photographs."

The goal of this pilot program is to not only determine whether eCO has the capacity to accept registration claims of this nature, but also make the registration process less time-consuming (especially for those who would otherwise be required to complete a paper application). Using the online system is also advantageous to copyright owners because applications submitted via eCO are processed significantly faster than paper forms.

Interested in taking part in this e-Group Registration pilot program? Here's your first step: Determine your eligibility (prior to completing a registration application) by contacting the Visual Arts Division of the U.S. Copyright Office at 202-707-8202.

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This page is a archive of entries in the Copyright category from February 2011.

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