U.S. Copyright Office Seeks to Raise Rates



    • @uminomamori I might not feel so bad about the increase if I actually got good service… Agreed completely!

  1. If the requirement for registration to establish copyright hadn’t been eliminated during the 1970s revamp, the volume of registrations would keep the per-transaction cost down.
    By making it voluntary, many chose to not bother, discovering later that, without registration, all they could do was stop ongoing infringement…but not collect damages!
    As for “the Europeans do it without registration”, well the Europeans also have a “moral rights” clause to protect work-for-hire creators that the US copyright law doesn’t have.
    Wonder why?

    •  @Atomic Kommie Comics Talked about the moral rights issue in the earlier post about why U.S. copyright is second-rate. But I don’t know if the volume of registrations would keep costs down.
      The reason is that, according to the USCO, the volume of registration has been going up year over year (at least that was the claim when they were taking 9 months or longer to process an online registration).I don’t think an increase in volume would fix a hopelessly ineffecient system. Judging from what happened after the ECO system launched, it’d make it worse.  

  2. The fee is already prohibitively expensive, when one must often register each individual image separately. Many creators have hundreds or thousands of pieces.  Given the problems mentioned, a creator would not only go broke paying registration fees, but would have to take on the task of dealing w/the process as almost another job. 
    What time would be left to actualy create any new work? 
    I think this system needs an overhaul, and a good start would be to either drop the requirement for registration altogether, or drop it as a necessity to recover the kinds of damages that make suing feasible. 
    Infringers know that the likelihood of being caught and sued is remote, so it perpetuates the myth that many types of infringement are actually legal.  This causes many creators to have to spend hours a week chasing down infringements and site hosts, and submitting DMCA takedown notices.  The DMCA is usually effective, but it’s time consuming which often represents financial loss. 
    If a few of these infringers had to pay big money damages, word would get around quickly that, just because you can take something doesn’t make it legal, and that there are expensive consequences.  Money may be the most important thing to get their attention.
    Myths about copyright laws persist because enforcement is a joke.