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Continued: Business forum: Debunking copyright myths, avoiding trouble

  • Article by: JOEL LEVITON
  • Last update: February 24, 2013 - 10:48 AM

There are, however, benefits to registering copyrights, including that registration is a prerequisite to filing a U.S. lawsuit for copyright infringement. Also, if a work is infringed and the copyright owner registered the copyright before infringement occurred, the copyright owner could be awarded attorneys’ fees and enhanced monetary damages.

Either way, it is creation, not registration, that establishes copyright.

  • About the author:

    Joel Leviton is co-chairman of the Copyright Group at Fish & Richardson and a principal in the firm’s Twin Cities office. He can be reached at Leviton@fr.com.

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