How Copyright Registration Could Work Against Photographers

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Richard Weisgrau
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How Copyright Registration Could Work Against Photographers
May 4, 2012

The thread ( http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1014&thread=41410776 ) in this forum about the proposed increase in copyright registration fees started me thinking about why I oppose an increase. I wrote my thoughts in my blog. In focusing my thoughts on the matter I considered the fact that timely copyright registration creates eligibility to recover legal costs and attorney's fees in a copyright infringement case.

After writing that blog post, I recalled a recent development in the copyright infringement suit filed by ASMP and other associations and individual photographers two years ago. That development was that Google recently petitioned the Court to deny the associations standing as plaintiffs since they are not actually rightsholders and only rightsholders can be infringed.

What could happen to the individual photographer plaintiffs if the Associations lose standing as plaintiffs? My thoughts about that are now posted on my blog: http://www.weisgrau.wordpress.com for anyone interested in the possible downside of registration.

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