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Copyright best practices

When Is The Best Time To Register Copyright?

Congratulations, you have created some materials that you want to protect as intellectual property, specifically you want to register copyright on those materials. It might be a book, or a song, or a promotional video. Whatever it is you have created, you have learned that registering copyright gives you some added rights that unregistered works do not enjoy. What are those additional rights and when should you register the materials at the Copyright Office?

The short answer is that you should register your creative work within 90 days after you first publish it.

If you do that, then you will enjoy the right to statutory damages if you must sue someone for infringing your copyrighted work. That means that you will not have to prove your damages, you can just sue them for the maximum legal amount of $150,000 per copyrighted work. If your actual damages are more than that, you may always sue for your actual damages instead.

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