Supreme Court Rules Works Must Be Registered Before Copyright Owners May Sue

HGZ Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846618xB1386)On March 4, 2019, the Supreme Court unanimously held in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, et al., that the statute requiring copyright owners to register their works before suing means that no suit for infringement can be brought until the Copyright Office officially approves the copyright claimant’s application for registration (or officially rejects the application), and that merely filing the application is not enough.

In light of the Court’s decision, in his article Supreme Court Rules Works Must Be Registered Before Copyright Owners May Sue, intellectual property attorney Howard Zaharoff details the case background and decision, and the impact and action items recommended for copyright owners.

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