Copyright Registration, with Jack Reznicki and Ed Greenberg

Commercial photographer Jack Reznicki and attorney Ed Greenberg discuss the process and benefits of copyright registration.

Commercial photographer Jack Reznicki and attorney Ed Greenberg discuss the process and benefits of copyright registration

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Why Do You Want to Register (Duration 02:54)

Even though copyright is active the moment you create any work, it is virtually worthless until you register it

Lesson 2: Benefits of Registration (Duration 10:54)

Jack and Ed share an example of how registering images can be beneficial

Lesson 3: What Are Your Copyrights? (Duration 06:50)

Going over exactly what your copyrights are as a photographer

Lesson 4: Right of Distribution (Duration 06:35)

Photographers have the right to control where their images are used

Lesson 5: Rights with your Registration (Duration 07:56)

What rights do photographers receive with registration

Lesson 6: Rights with your Registration, Part 2 (Duration 08:58)

Further rights include having your lawyer fees covered and getting leverage

Lesson 7: Starting the Registration Process (Duration 02:23)

Jack snaps a photo and begins preparing his image for registration

Lesson 8: Registration Process Step by Step (Duration 05:53)

Walking through the process step by step

Lesson 9: Copyright (Duration 11:02)

Visiting the copyright government website and exploring the interface

Lesson 10: Registering a New Claim (Duration 10:26)

Following the three steps of registering a new claim

Lesson 11: Limits to Claim (Duration 06:13)

Limitation of claim, rights and permissions info, correspondent info, etc.

Lesson 12: New Claim Certification (Duration 07:54)

Certifying that you are the legitimate copyright holder

Lesson 13: Registering a New Claim After your Payment (Duration 05:00)

Finishing up the payment info and electronic deposit screens

Lesson 14: Wrap Up (Duration 01:46)

Finishing things up and debunking a popular myth about copyright

Meet Your Instructor: Jack Reznicki

Jack Reznicki is a commercial photographer specializing in people and children based in New York City. His creative problem solving has helped promote products and services for many companies such…

Meet Your Instructor: Ed Greenberg

Ed Greenberg has been a litigator practicing in New York City for well over thirty years, has represented some of the top photographers and illustrators in the business as well…


  1. I really appreciate that you guys did a class on this. So far I have only taken photos on personal assignments and this class really helped me with understanding the process of registering my photos. Everyone out there who shoots either professionally, as a hobby or even for personal memories should do this, and if they haven't done this before, I highly recommend that they watch this video and favorite it (like I did) so it is easy to go back and review the class as a reference. Thank you very much!

  2. Outstanding course - clear, useful, well-presented. It put to rest a number of persistent myths, which is a great public service! I now feel that I can successfully register my images, something I've never done before. Thank you.

  3. Great class! Question: Does it matter if the photo you upload to the Copyright office is the as shot image or a final post processed image? With the amount of post processing that can be done with computers, the original shot image and the final post processed can look quite different.

  4. So... An interesting course. I think a lot of the information and examples were dragged out a bit but useful information. As a college student doing professional work, the one things that they didn't touch on enough was the money aspect. So its $35... but I get that back in my taxes? As a refund or a deductible? I have never filed taxes because with a 3-month summer job im not even in a tax bracket where they can take money from me. Technically in the poverty level (a few thousand). One other thing that wasnt covered. They said we can do as many images as we want.. but does it all have to be in the same shoot or can it be over a longer period of time? If I wanted to start with registering my work (which I will anyways) do I have to do upload them all individually based on when/where I took them or does that not matter? The lawyer says it makes it easier to prove in court with a descriptive title but... How can I do that for everything? I appreciate that there was a photographer and a lawyer in this lesson but I dont think the lawyer provided much information other than his experiences. As for now, I am taking these questions to yahoo answers... Hopefully I will have my copyright up in a week :) Dont get me wrong though, this was a great course :) Just missing those things...

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