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Do you have to have a federal copyright registration before filing infringement?

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Attorney Steve® Copyright Essentials - Pre-requisite to filing federal court lawsuits

In this exciting episode of Vondran Legal Hour, we discuss the new case from the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. which talks about whether a Plaintiff need only have filed for copyright protection, or whether the United States Copyright Office actually has to grant a registration certificate before a federal court lawsuit can be filed (ex. in the 9th Circuit Courts).  The "Court of Last Resort" ordered that a Plaintiff must have the certificate of registration issued by the Registrar of copyrights, and thus, agreed with the 11th circuit court of appeals, while disagreeing with the 5th and 9th circuit Courts.

Attorney Steve® also discusses $800 expedited filings and $140 "pre-registration" possibilities for producers of commercial works that are likely to be infringed.  This registration also allows a ticket to file a federal copyright infringement lawsuit and seek an injunction to prevent further infringement.

If you need help with a copyright infringement, DMCA, software, photo, or internet file sharing issue contact as at (877) 276-5084.

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