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December 15, 2009

When is it Necessary to Register a Copyright?

Filed under: Free Web — Tags: — uhlawlibrary @ 8:00 am

Under 17 U.S.C. §411(a) registration is a prerequisite to bringing suit for copyright infringement.  A recent CRS report examined Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick, a recent case on copyright before the U.S. Supreme Court.  The case was argued Oct. 7, 2009, and asks whether this section of the Copyright Act restricts the subject matter jurisdiction of the federal courts over copyright infringement actions.  Read a summary of the report with a link to the entire report here:  The Copyright Registration Requirement and Federal Court Jurisdiction: A Legal Analysis of Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Muchnick.

You can read more about this case on the SCOTUS Wiki.

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