Supreme Court Holds that Copyright Owners Must Wait to File an Infringement Suit

Supreme Court Holds that Copyright Owners Must Wait to File an Infringement Suit


By: Robert M. Masters, Jonathan R. DeFosse, Timothy P. Cremen, Brian C. Stuart

Today, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, No. 17-571, holding that the Register of Copyrights must approve or reject an application for the registration of a copyright before the copyright holder can bring a suit for infringement. The Court's ruling will make it more difficult for copyright holders to halt the infringement of unregistered works promptly.

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