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PPA Today: Copyright: March 2011 Archives

Copyright: March 2011 Archives

A few days ago, PPA asked if (and why) you registered your images with the U.S. Copyright Office, so we could share your thoughts with those on Capitol Hill. Here is what we found from the 2,830 photographers who responded (March 24-28):

How often do you register your work with the Copyright Office?

  • 2,392 (84%) of respondents said they NEVER register their work.
  • 41 (1%) of respondents said they ALWAYS register.
  • 324 (11%) of respondents said they OCCASIONALLY register.

Of those who always register their images:

  • 210 (38%) want the additional protection offered by copyright registration.
  • 111 (20%) wanted to establish their copyright ownership.
  • 16 (2%) specifically registered to pursue an infringement suit.

Of those who choose not to register their work or register on a regular basis:

  • 651 (25%) of respondents said they never heard about registration.
  • 636 (24%) of respondents said it is too time consuming.
  • 355 (13%) of respondents said it is too expensive.

These results were presented during a discussion about photographic copyright protection with Maria Pallante, Acting Register of the Copyright Office, on March 28. To read more about this meeting, check out "PPA Heads to Capitol Hill March 28-29."

To learn more about copyright registration, download the 2010 PPA Copyright Kit and watch the free Member Essentials Webinar "How to Protect and Register your Images."

Please take a moment to answer three questions in our Copyright Registration Quick Poll. Your responses will help us in our copyright efforts on Capitol Hill.

Your timely response is appreciated. This poll will close on Monday, March 28 at 12pm ET.

Dear PPA Member,

Did you know that PPA is the only photographic organization that has a full-time Copyright & Government Affairs staff? We are serious about defending the rights of photographers on Capitol Hill, especially when it comes to copyright. Your images, much like an author's words, a songwriter's music or a moviemaker's film, need to be protected because--let's face it--if you give your work away, you're not making money. And it's worse when someone steals it.

That's why PPA works hard to provide members with resources to help when copyright infringement happens. This week's Vital Signs delves a little deeper into what you need to do, what your options are and how to determine what you can do. (Here's a hint: We recommend registering your images and immediately downloading the PPA Copyright Kit, which can answer a lot of your questions.)

You can't be everywhere, but if you understand what you can do--and what you can do to prevent copyright infringement--you may be able to reach a speedy resolution if it does happen to you.

Christel Aprigliano
Director of Member Value & Experience

About this Archive

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

Copyright: February 2011 is the previous archive.

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