Copyright Office Adopts New Fee Schedule Effective May 1, 2014

The Copyright Office announced on March 24, 2014 that, for the first time in nearly five years, it will adopt a new fee schedule for registration, recordation, special handling, licensing and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) services. All fee increases will take effect on May 1, 2014.

The major changes to the fee schedule include an increase in online copyright application filing fees from $35 to $55. With the revised schedule, the Copyright Office also created a new online application form to streamline registration of single works created by single authors that are not classified as works made for hire. This new online application has a lower filing fee of $35. To encourage copyright owners to apply online, the fees for filing paper applications will increase from $65 to $85. Renewal fees for works created prior to 1978 have decreased from $115 to $100 and renewal addendums have decreased from $220 to $100 to encourage copyright owners to continue to renew registrations.

The entire new fee schedule can be found on the Copyright Office’s website, located at


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