The U.S. Copyright Office is adopting interim regulations governing the electronic submission of (1) applications for registration of automated databases that predominantly consist of photographs and (2) applications for group registration of published photographs. This interim rule establishes a testing period and pilot program during which the Copyright Office will assess the desirability and feasibility of permanently allowing such applications to be submitted through the electronic filing system of the Copyright Office (eCO).
Persons wishing to submit electronic applications to register copyrights of such photographic databases or groups of published photographs should contact the Visual Arts Division for permission and guidance on electronic registration. Notwithstanding the ordinary deposit requirements for group registration of automated databases, an electronic application for group registration of an automated database consisting predominantly of photographic authorship must include the image of each claimed photograph in the database. The interim regulations also allow applicants to use forms other than Form TX, as appropriate, when submitting paper applications to register group automated databases.