This section is from the book "Complete Self-Instructing Library Of Practical Photography", by J. B. Schriever. Also available from Amazon: Complete Self-Instructing Library Of Practical Photography.
Postmaster's Receipt. In sending prints to the register of copyrights, on which copyright protection is to be secured, they should be delivered, ready for mailing, to the local postmaster. Ask him to give a receipt for them, and he will also mail them to their destination without cost to the copyright claimant.
Fees. The cost for copyrighting a photograph is fifty cents for registration. If one desires to secure a certificate of registration, an additional fee of fifty cents is charged. The certificate is not necessary, however, unless one wishes to show proof of registration, or to sell the copyright. The certificate of registration can be secured at any time after having copyrighted a negative. The registration number in this case, however, must be given.
Fee For Recording Assignment. When making an assignment of copyright, if such assignment does not consist of over three hundred words, the fee is one dollar; if more than three hundred and less than one thousand words in length, two dollars. Etc.
Notice Of Copyright. Notice of copyright required by the new law consists either of the word "Copyright" or the abbreviation "Copr.", accompanied by the name of the copyright proprietor. In the case of photographs, however, the notice may consist simply of the letter C enclosed within a circle, thus accompanied by the initial, monogram, mark or symbol of the copyright proprietor. But on some accessible portion of the photograph, either the margin, back, or other permanent base on which the print is mounted, the name of the copyright proprietor must appear. If the copyright was secured previous to July I, 1909, the old form of notice may be used, if desired. This form is: "Copyright, 19 - , by - ." In other words, the word copyright must be used, followed by the year in which copyright protection was secured, and this, in turn, followed by the full name of the copyright proprietor.
Infringement Of Copyright. If any person shall infringe the copyright in any work protected under the copyright laws of the United States, such person is liable, first, to an injunction restraining such infringement, and second, to pay to the copyright proprietor such damages as the copyright proprietor may have suffered, due to the infringement, as well as all the profits which the infringer shall have made from such infringement, and in proving profits the plaintiff shall be required to prove sales only, and the defendant shall be required to prove every clement of cost which he claims, or in lieu of actual damages and profits, such damages as to the court shall appear to be just, and in assessing such damages the court may in its discretion allow damages which shall not exceed Five Thousand Dollars, nor be less than Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars, with the exception of the case of a newspaper reproduction of a copyright photograph, when such damages shall not exceed the sum of Two Hundred Dollars, nor be less than the sum of Fifty Dollars. In either case the infringement shall not be regarded as a penalty.