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On Notice, Not Claimed: The Role of the Copyright Registration System

Pamela S. Chestek

©2015. Published in Landslide, Vol. 7, No. 3, January/February 2015, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

In the United States, you have to register your copyright before you can bring a copyright infringement lawsuit. True, it isn’t required in a strict sense—there are exceptions1—but in almost all cases a registration is a precondition to filing suit.

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