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版權註冊不久後將花費更多

版權註冊不久後將花費更多

◎美國官方版權註冊費用將上漲。美國版權局每三到五年對費用進行一次深入研究,以確定是否進行調整,然後將結果發送給國會。在最新審計中,認為是時候將大多數電子文件的費率提高約10美元。國會接下來將有120天不做任何事情(意味著批准),或通過一項不贊成的法律價格建議。
◎官方提議將標準申請的費用從55美元提高到65美元,比2018年的提議少10美元。同樣,單一申請將從35美元增加至45美元,也比2018年的提案少10美元。
◎當您將作品發佈在任何地方後,它就會自動獲得版權,不必向版權局進行註冊,但是您必須註冊後,才有權提出版權索賠。因此,最安全的方法仍然是通過版權局正式註冊。

詳細全文Every few years, the U.S. Copyright Office does a detailed study on its fees in an attempt to determine whether they need adjusting. In their latest audit, the office decided it was time to raise its rates by about $10 for most electronic filings.
The fee for official copyright registration is about to go up. Every three to five years, the U.S. Copyright Office does an in-depth study of its fees to determine whether to adjust them, then sends its results to Congress, which then has 120 days to do nothing (meaning approval) or pass a law disapproving the price recommendations.
The Office is now proposing raising the fee for the Standard Application from $55 to $65, which is $10 less than the 2018 proposal. Similarly, the Single Application (the lower-priced option for single works by individual authors) will go from $35 to $45, which is also $10 less than the 2018 proposal.
Here’s the proposal as it pertains to music:
REGISTRATION TYPE CURRENT PRICE PROPOSED PRICE
Single work (electronic filing) $35 $45
Single work (paper filing) $85 $125
Group of works (album – electronic filing only) $55 $65
Remember that you don’t have to file a registration with the Copyright Office. Once you publish a work anywhere online it’s automatically copyrighted. You do have to register in order to file a claim with the Copyright Office as proposed by the CASE Act (copyright small claims) however.
Copyright registration is a matter of time-stamping your work in order to verify that you created it first, so it’s not something that you can really do at a later date and have it mean anything. That’s why it’s always a balancing act between filing and not filing for most songwriters and artists. Many are not willing to spend the time and money involved.
But if a timestamp of your creation is all that’s necessary, you’ll have that from almost everywhere online that it’s posted automatically. Still, the safest way is still with a formal registration from the Copyright Office.

 

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