The US Supreme Court has ruled that rights holders must wait for a copyright registration to have been completed before an infringement claim can be made.
- Different interpretations of copyright laws are not uncommon, particularly when opposing sides in a case are either battling against an accusation of copyright infringement or trying to make a case for it.
- The issue of what can be claimed for, when, and how the status of a copyright registration can affect a claim has been contentious in the US for several years, as some courts have held that application for registration alone was enough to allow for a claim, while others have ruled that a registration must be in place before any action can be taken.
- A ruling at the US Supreme Court in early March looks likely to have settled the matter once and for all.
Features and Benefits
- Explains the significance of the US Supreme Court's ruling on copyright registration.
- Explains the details of the case heard by the US Supreme Court and its significance in copyright infringement claims.
Key questions answered
- What must a rights holder do before they can file a claim for copyright infringement?
- What was the argument made in favor of a copyright registration application being enough to file an infringement claim?
Table of contents
When a copyright registration is not a copyright registration
Clarification of section 411(a) of the Copyright Act
Context of key section wording