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Ignorance of the Law Is an Excuse, For Your Client But Maybe Not For You

March 23, 2022

The Supreme Court recently ruled that lack of knowledge of either fact or law could excuse an inaccuracy in a copyright registration so long as the mistake was made inadvertently. The safe harbor of 17 U.S.C. § 411(b) is intended to make it easier for nonlawyers to obtain valid registrations but attorneys may be held to a higher standard. Learn more about this legal development and brush up on the requirements for copyright registration with the following resources.

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