Here’s a quick synopsis of the newly proposed fee copyright fee schedule. Essentially, the Copyright Office is only covering 60% of their costs so they are trying to figure out how to make more money.
- The current $35 online filing fee will increase to $65
- The paper filing fee would increase from $65 to $100
- A new tier would be created for “single author, same claimant, one work, not a work made for hire, filed electronically.” This new tier fee would be $45.
- If approved by Congress, the new fees would start October 1, 2012
It should be noted that this is the tier that would impact most independent artists, hobbyists and folks starting out as the other tier is geared more towards business looking to make money. From basic economic theory, this makes sense. If folks are going to make money on their songs, it shouldn’t be a huge obstacle to charge them more. Price discrimination at its finest…. which isn’t as bad as it sounds.