Registration Date

Copyright is “registered” for purposes of 17 U.S.C. § 411(a) upon filing of completed application with Copyright Office, and infringement plaintiff therefore need not show receipt or denial of registration certificate before bringing suit, since 17 U.S.C. § 408(a) provides that owner of exclusive right in work “may obtain” registration by delivery of deposit, application, and fee to Copyright Office.  (Iconbazaar LLC v. America Online Inc., 70 USPQ2d 1293, DC MNC, 2/26/04).

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