US Supreme Court Rules That Rightsholders Must Produce a Copyright Certificate
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US Supreme Court Rules That Rightsholders Must Produce a Copyright Certificate

The US Supreme Court has decided that no copyright infringement lawsuits will be accepted without a copyright certificate. Rightsholders complain that this would allow pirates to continue their operation unobstructed for months. The court suggests that better budgeting for the Copyright Office will resolve the problem. The highest court in the Federal Judiciary of the United States has ruled that rightsholders will have to wait until their copyright is actually registered by the US Copyright Office before suing someone for an associated infringement . Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg has issued the particular decision in the “Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp vs. Wall-Street.com” case, which concerns a dispute on the content publication licensing arrangement between the two entities. As the prosecutor has filed a claim for registration via the Copyright Office but has not received the approval yet, the court has decided that the case cannot continue. As the various courts across the country were so far following their own approach on the matter, this decision is considered to be a landmark one, setting the guiding rails on how copyright infringement suits should be handled. Creators will no longer be able to claim copyright on the work unless they possess […]

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