January 22, 2015

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

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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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