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The Cyber Citizen’s Guide Through the Legal Jungle: Internet Law for Your Professional Online Presence by Joy R. Butler

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REGISTERING THE COPYRIGHTIN YOUR ONLINE WORK

4.1. Benefits of Copyright Registration

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 ...

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