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Copyright Registration Example:

College Yearbook

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Text and Images © 2002 Peter Krogh, All Rights Reserved www.peterkrogh.com

 

Background: Although at first blush, a college yearbook might not seem to be in great need of copyright protection, further reflection belies this. The obvious examples from this book are the sports photographs, including quite a number of Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Ralph Sampson and others. These photographs will clearly have a commercial life for decades to come.

Even if you don't have Michael J. in your yearbook, you may have images that will have value to the University community for decades to come. Famous (or infamous) alumni, torn-down buildings, and just general nostalgia can all contribute to the value of your college era photographs.

 

 

Eligibility: For work published between 1978 and 1989, it is mandatory that a copyright notice in proper form be included somewhere in the publication. The notice MUST read Copyright (or ©) Year, Copyright holder. Please note, it is not essential that the notice specify you as the copyright holder of the individual photograph be named, only that general notice be given for the work as a whole.

In this case, the copyright notice reads "Copyright © 1983 Peter Harold Krogh and The University of North Carolina Media Board." This notice was intended to protect the work as a whole. Because this notice was put on the book, any of the creators whose work is contained herein can file a registration of their own work.

Preparation of Deposit: In this case, preparation was simple. I had an extra copy of the book, so that became my deposit. Because all the photographs were credited, I really didn't need to do anything more than that. However, if the photographs had NOT been credited, you might want to indicate which ones were yours in the manner below. I counted up my photographs and used that information to fill out the Short Form VA. Here is that form as it was filled out.

Protection: Once this submission was accepted by the Copyright Office, protection begins. Note that I receive full protection only for infringements that take place AFTER registration has been accepted.

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