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Rightsholders Can’t Sue Without a Copyright Certificate, Supreme Court Rules

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:11 am

Story : https://torrentfreak.com/rightsholders-cant-sue-without-a-copyright-certificate-





In pretty much every part in the world, creators can claim copyright on their work without having to register anything.

This is also true in the United States. However, when rightsholders want to sue someone for copyright infringement, they have to back up this claim.

Over the years, US courts have issued mixed judgments on what kind of ‘proof’ is required. Some held that it’s enough when a creator applied for a registration certificate at the Copyright Office, while others required registration to be completed.

This week the US Supreme Court put an end to the split decisions. In the case between Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation and Wall-Street.com, the Court unanimously decided that copyright holders must wait for a registration certificate before filing a lawsuit.







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