Intellectual Property Insights from Fishman Stewart
Volume 20, Issue 12
New Copyright Registration Option
By Zachary P. Grant
A new copyright registration option is now available from the U.S. Copyright Office that would make it easier and more cost efficient for internet content creators to protect their works. The “Group Registration for Short Online Literary Works” (GRTX) option allows a copyright applicant to register up to 50 short online literary works in the same filing. Each literary work must be between 50 and 17,500 words and must be first published as part of a website or online platform, including online newspapers, social media websites, and social networking platforms. This is a marked improvement over the old system (still available), in which an applicant would have to file each work individually, which is not only more time consuming but also more costly. The new GRTX option is a step in the right direction for providing greater protection to the expansive online world.
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