Why Register a Copyright
Title 17 of The United States Code provides protection to the authors of “original works of authorship,”
such as literary, musical, dramatic, pictorial and certain other categories of works.
Although the author of an original work of authorship is entitled to automatic copyright protection
within the United States, a formal copyright registration offers significant advantages.
In the U.S. Copyright Office’s own words, among the advantages of registration are the following:
Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim.
Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration is necessary for works of U.S. origin.
If made before or within five years of publication, registration will establish prima facie evidence in court of the validity of the copyright and of the facts stated in the certificate.
If registration is made within three months after publication of the work or prior to an infringement of the work, statutory damages and attorney’s fees will be available to
the copyright owner in court actions. Otherwise, only an award of actual damages and profits is available to the copyright owner.
Registration allows the owner of the copyright to record the registration with the U.S. Customs Service for protection against the importation of infringing copies.
The U.S. copyright registration process is deceptively simple. An experienced attorney will guide you through the process and will help ensure that your rights are duly protected. If you need our law firm’s assistance with registering your copyright, contact us.