Poor man’s copyright and does it hold up in court?

Does a poor man’s copyright really hold up in court?
1 Answer

Cliff Gilley

Yes, this “poor man’s copyright” would hold up in court (most likely, assuming you used signature required/certified mail or some other tangible record).  However, without filing the copyright with the Copyright Office, you’re limited to actual damages against the infringer – which is to say that you’re only going to get in remedy what you can prove the infringement actually cost you.  By filing the copyright, you obtain the ability to sue for statutory damages, up to $150,000 per infringement (in the case of “willful” infringement).

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