Justices Bolster Copyrights With Decision Curbing Challenges

By Ryan Davis (February 24, 2022, 10:43 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court delivered welcome news to copyright holders on Thursday by finding that innocent legal errors do not trigger a provision that can void a registration, making clear that mistakes in a filing will pose a risk to copyrights only in rare circumstances.

The high court's 6-3 decision interpreted a provision of the Copyright Act that states copyright registrations can be invalidated if the owner included inaccurate information "with knowledge that it was inaccurate." The justices concluded that mistakes can be excused when an applicant doesn't know the inner workings of copyright law.

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that...

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