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3 Comments on "Non-U.S. (foreign) copyrighted works should be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office"

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Great article encouraging non-US works to register with the US Copyright Office (USCO). Here are some more thoughts: The USCO defines foreign works as works generally created by author(s) who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals, and/or works that were published abroad. The copyright applicant must be the author, who actually created the material, with the exception of works made for hire.  As Mr. Park mentions, non-U.S. works need not be registered to enjoy and exercise copyright protection, although timely registration is required in order to seek attorney’s fees and statutory damages. The Berne Convention does not create an… Read more »
It’s true: registered non-U.S. (foreign) copyrighted works receive more benefits. Registration of foreign authors should not be required to receive these additional benefits. Congress, relying on the Berne Convention Implementation Act of 1988 (“BICA”), should provide amendments to more U.S. copyright laws to make this possible. Amendments of U.S. copyright laws would uphold the United States’ requirement under the Berne Convention, specifically, the “national treatment” requirement under the Berne Convention. The Berne Convention was created in 1886 with the objective to create universal copyright law, uniform standards in member countries and, most importantly, copyright protection for a given country’s citizens.… Read more »