- March 16, 2009 @ 7:34amlowenburg says:Is it necessary to register for a copyright for second edition of a copyrighted work?
- March 18, 2009 @ 1:30pmksmith says:Remember that copyright protection is automatic. It is not necessary to register to get copyright protection, although it is necessary if you need to defend your copyright in court. So registration of a second edition would be necessary if you wanted to file a lawsuit over an alleged infringement of material that is new in the second edition. If such registration is done within three months of publication, you preserve the possibility of statutory damages and attorney's fees for infringement of that new material. But if the concern is material that was also in the original edition, an earlier registration is fine and registering the second edition will not add anything to the protection in that common material.
It is always possible to register a work after you discover the infringement and then file suit, but in those cases you ordinarily cannot seek statutory damages and fees, only actual damages.
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