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Archived updates for Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Copyright Pre-Registration Coming Soon to the U.S.

The Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005 was enacted on April 27, 2005 as Public Law No: 109-009 [Text, PDF].

Among other things in the new law, Section 104 directs the Register of Copyrights to issue regulations to establish procedures for preregistration of a work that is being prepared for commercial distribution and has not been published. Infringement actions for such preregistered works will be dismissed, and any award of statutory damages or attorney fees will be prohibited, for a preregistered work if those items are not submitted to the Copyright Office in proper form within the earlier of: (1) three months after the work's first publication; or (2) one month after the copyright owner has learned of the infringement.

Read the House Report on the bill at
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