As noted in Section 3.1, registration is not required to have a valid copyright in your work. However, registration does bestow a number of benefits:
Public Record. Registration establishes a public record of your claim as the valid copyright owner of the work.
Lawsuit. Registration is required before you may file a copyright infringement lawsuit against someone who has used your work without your permission.
Statutory Damages. If you win a copyright infringement lawsuit and you have filed a timely registration, you will be eligible to receive ...