Justice Ginsberg Seems to Clear Up Controversial Copyright Issue

The “All About Advertising Law” blog recently published an analysis of a controversial debate concerning copyright cases.  The issue whether one must have a registration or simply a pending copyright application to file a federal infringement lawsuit has been ongoing, with decisions varying across courts.

However, in her recent decision regarding Paula Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer, Inc., Justice Ginsberg stated that a copyright owner needs a ‚certificate of registration‘ in order to sue.  Pending further comments by the Court, this issue now seems resolved.

This case provides further support for protecting your copyrightable work early and often.  Please feel free to contact our office to receive help for your copyright needs from our qualified and experienced staff.

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