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Day: June 26, 2017

“Registration” of a copyright occurs when the Register of Copyrights registers the claim

Whether registration occurs when an owner files an application to register the copyright or when the Register of Copyrights registers the copyright? Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation filed a suit for infringement against Wall-Street.com and Jerrold Burden. The complaint alleged that Fourth Estate had filed an application to register its allegedly infringed copyrights, but that the Copyright Office had not registered its claims. The district court dismissed the action because Fourth Estate failed to plead compliance with the registration requirement.

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