The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a
The purpose of copyright registration is to place on record a verifiable account of the date and content of the work in question, so that in the event of a legal claim, or case of
Before 1978, in the
It is a common misconception to confuse copyright registration with the granting of copyright. Copyright in most countries today is automatic on "fixation" – it applies as soon as the work is fixed in some tangible medium. This standard is established internationally by the
The observation that registration is not required in the United States, however, has been described as misleading.
:86–87 This is partly because registration remains a prerequisite to filing an infringement suit,
:87 and also because important remedies depend on prompt registration—such as attorneys fees and