A certificate of copyright registration creates a public record of key facts relating to the authorship and owner- ship of the claimed work, including the title of the work, the author of the work, the name and address of the claimant or copyright owner, the year of creation, and information about whether the work is published, has been previously registered, or includes preexisting material.
In addition to establishing a public record of a copyright claim, registration offers several other statutory advantages:
- Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration (or refusal) is necessary for U.S. works.
- 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.
- When registration is made prior to infringement or within three months after publication of a work, a copyright owner is eligible for statutory damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs.
- Registration can be made at any time within the life of the copyright. If you register before publication, you do not have to re-register when the work is published, although you can register the published edition, if desired.