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James Cavanaugh



Copyright ownership is automatic for photographers the moment they take the photograph. However, to get the full protections afforded under the United States Copyright Laws, you must take the additional step of registering the images.

The process is a bit complex if you have not done it before. (What would you expect from a government agency?) However, once you have done it a few times and take some simple steps to compile your photographs for the registration it should take no more than 15 minutes to complete a registration

“Registration Counts” will take you through the registration process step by step. You can actually start a registration during the seminar on your own laptop.

If you wish to follow along during the seminar and don’t already have an eCO account, please make sure that you get your eCO account established. Go to and log on to the eCO website. You will be prompted with a few ID fields and will need to set up a user name and password. (Make sure to bring these to the seminar with you.) It will only take a few minutes.

We will also cover a few tips on getting your images prepared for the registration.

Copyright is a photographer’s most important asset. Make sure you take the important step of registering all of your work in a timely manner to get full protection in the case of an infringement.



A graduate of the New England School of Photography, Jim Cavanaugh has worked as an architectural and aerial photographer for the past 38 years. He is based in Buffalo, NY.

His clients include local and national architects, engineers, interior designers, contractors, real estate developers, and architectural product manufacturers.

For six years Jim taught “Professional Business Practices in Photography” at Villa Maria College in Buffalo, NY and currently provides copyright registration and business practices seminars to ASMP Chapters around the country.

Jim is a National Past President of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). He served as a National Director of the association for 12 years. He also served for many years as Chairman of the ASMP Copyright Committee. In 2012 Jim was honored with the Photographic Leadership Award from the United Nations for his work with ASMP and the photography industry.