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What are the benefits of registering with the copyright office?

While an original work is protected even without registration, there are additional benefits to registering with the Copyright Office. As a general rule, registration is required before one can file suit to enforce the rights granted by the Copyright Act. So while a copyright holder who becomes aware of infringement could send the infringer a cease and desist letter, they could not follow that threat with a lawsuit. Thus, registration provides the copyright holder with the additional protection of the ability to file suit.

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