|Originally posted by Joss Weatherby |
Yes, because the way you stated it made an implication that you would have to register copyright to protect it and that no protection existed before registration.
I don't know where you got that idea--I wrote that they would have to register to file infringement suits for $150,000 (statutory damages), which they do.
|Besides, you left out the most important part of 411(a) which says that registration is only an issue when it doesn't fall under 106A(a), which it clearly does. |
Section 106A applies only to "works of visual art," which are defined in Section 101 as follows:
|A “work of visual art” is—|
(1) a painting, drawing, print, or sculpture, existing in a single copy, in a limited edition of 200 copies or fewer that are signed and consecutively numbered by the author, or, in the case of a sculpture, in multiple cast, carved, or fabricated sculptures of 200 or fewer that are consecutively numbered by the author and bear the signature or other identifying mark of the author; or
(2) a still photographic image produced for exhibition purposes only, existing in a single copy that is signed by the author, or in a limited edition of 200 copies or fewer that are signed and consecutively numbered by the author.