Gov't Tells High Court Copyright Owners Must Wait To Sue

Law360 (October 19, 2018, 4:33 PM EDT) -- The federal government is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve a stark circuit split on copyright registrations by ruling that authors must wait longer before suing for infringement.

In a brief filed Thursday, the U.S. solicitor general pushed the high court to rule that copyright owners cannot sue until the U.S. Copyright Office has weighed in on their work — and to reject a conflicting approach that allows owners to sue as soon as they file paperwork with the agency.

Critics say the wait-for-action approach prevents copyright owners from heading to court quickly, but the government says the delay is...

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