Why should I register a copyright?

Registration of copyright provides several benefits to the registrant.

  1. Registration establishes prima facie evidence of the validity of the copyright and facts stated in the certificate when registration is made before or within five years of publication.
  2. When registration is made prior to infringement or within three months after publication of a work, a copyright owner is eligible for several important remedies:
  • Statutory damages up to $30,000 per infringement;
  • Attorneys’ fees and costs; and
  • Possible injunctive relief.

Further, registration can cut off some defenses that infringement was “innocent” thereby allowing for additional statutory damages of up to $150,000 per infringement.