By Alexa Rose Colangelo
On June 22, the U.S. Copyright Office issued a new rule permitting group registration of short online literary works. The new rule permits registration of up to fifty (50) short literary works through a single group application and filing fee. Previously, applicants had to file a separate application for each short literary work and pay a fee of $65 per application. Beginning on August 17th when the new rule comes into effect, applicants will be able to save a significant amount on application fees as they will be able to pay a single $65 fee for the single group application.
Eligible short literary texts are those consisting solely of text, such as blog posts, social media posts, and short online articles. In order to qualify for group registration, the short literary works must i) each contain 50-17,500 words, ii) be created by the same author or authors, iii) each author must be named the copyright claimant or claimants, and iv) all works must be published within a three month period. The new rule excludes works for hire because the rule is meant to benefit individual writers with constrained resources rather than benefit corporate authors.
If registration is successful, each short literary work filed through the group application will be considered a separate work of authorship at a fraction of the cost!
 Group Registration of Short Online Literary Works, 85 Fed. Reg. 37,341 (June 22, 2020) (to be codified at 37 C.F.R. pt. 201-02)
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