For Members

Photo courtesy ASMP member Andy Batt


ASMP is currently in the process of updating its content related to copyright as new regulations and processes are put in place at the United States Copyright Office (USCO).

The latest revision to regulations pertains to the group registration of published and unpublished photographs.

Group Registration of Photographs

The U.S. Copyright Office (USCO) has issued a rule that modifies the USCO’s group registration of photographs that was put into effect on February 20, 2018. The rule modifies the USCO’s procedure for registering published photographs, and it establishes a similar procedure for registering unpublished photographs.

To seek a group registration, applicants will be required to use the online applications specifically designated for published and unpublished photographs and will be required to submit a digital copy of each photograph being registered.

The USCO has also prepared help text that provides step-by-step instructions for completing each application. See help text for published and unpublished.

ASMP general counsel, Thomas Maddrey, has created a tutorial to walk members through the process of group registration of photographs.

View Tutorial