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4 Things To Know About Big Copyright Registration Ruling

Law360 (March 4, 2019, 9:53 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court says you might need to wait before you file a copyright lawsuit.

In a unanimous decision in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, the high court ruled Monday that a copyright owner cannot file an infringement lawsuit until the Copyright Office has registered the work at issue, a process that can take many months.

The ruling, penned by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, resolved a long-standing circuit split over the Copyright Act’s requirement of “registration” before an owner can sue. Some courts had allowed authors to sue as soon as they filed their paperwork with the office, but...

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