[Foundation-l] Projects without >FDL1.2 migration clause

Robert Rohde rarohde at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 18:43:07 UTC 2008

On Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 11:30 AM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com>

> <snip>
 > In order to enter into a copyright lawsuit in the United States, you
> >  first have to register your copyrighted work.
> By my understanding, not registering just limits how much you can sue
> for (actual damages as opposed to statutory, or something like that -
> actual damages would be minimal, though).
> <snip>

It's both.  Copyright protection exists in all creative works automatically,
but in order to enforce that copyright in a court of law, you are required
to register the work prior to the initiation of the lawsuit.  In addition, a
work that was infringed prior to being registered is limited in the damages
it can claim, as you suggest.

-Robert Rohde

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