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Bensen on Darden v. Peters
Posted on 3 Apr 2008 by Eric E Bensen

In Darden v. Peters , the Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court’s holding that the Copyright Office did not abuse its discretion in rejecting Darden’s copyright application (the Supreme Court denied Darden’s petition for writ of... Read More

Prisoner’s Right to Copyright Protection Not Impeded by Restriction against Prisoner’s Business Activity: Jerry v. Beard, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 5861 (3d Cir. 3/22/11)
Posted on 8 Apr 2011 by Travis Burchart

Prisoners have a legal right to register their copyrights with the Library of Congress, according to a recent decision from the Third Circuit. Bernard Carter Jerry-El (Jerry), a prisoner in Pennsylvania, intended to submit his book to the Library... Read More

Prisoner’s Right to Copyright Protection Not Impeded by Restriction against Prisoner’s Business Activity: Jerry v. Beard, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 5861 (3d Cir. 3/22/11)
Posted on 8 Apr 2011 by Travis Burchart

Prisoners have a legal right to register their copyrights with the Library of Congress, according to a recent decision from the Third Circuit. Bernard Carter Jerry-El (Jerry), a prisoner in Pennsylvania, intended to submit his book to the Library of... Read More

Copyright Office Offers Basic Registration over the Internet
Posted on 9 Jun 2008 by Cecil Lynn

Filing for a copyright has just gotten easier thanks to a new “beta” program offered by the U.S. Copyright Office. For those who wish to file such applications, the Copyright Office is testing a web-based registration system called “electronic... Read More

Copyright Litigation Becomes A Little Bit Easier for West Coast Plaintiffs
Posted on 24 Sep 2010 by Bullivant Houser Bailey PC

By Michael M. Ratoza and Michael S. Wilcox For years it has been a hard and fast rule of copyright law that the Copyright Office must first issue a copyright registration, or issue a refusal to register, before a plaintiff may file an infringement... Read More

Protecting Your Trade Secret While Protecting Your Code with Copyright Registration
Posted on 2 Nov 2011 by Arina Shulga

This post is about protecting the secrecy of your code while registering it with the US Copyright Office. Copyright.gov website provides useful information about copyright in general and the process of filing a copyright application in particular... Read More