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1609 Effective Date of Preregistration

1609 Effective Date of Preregistration


The effective date of a preregistration is the day on which the U.S. Copyright Office receives the filing fee and application for preregistration, which are later determined by the U.S. Copyright Office or a court of competent jurisdiction to be acceptable for preregistration. 37 C.F.R. § 202.16 (C) (9).


“Once ‘preregistration . . . has been made,’ the copyright claimant may institute a suit for infringement.” Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp., 139 S. Ct. at 888 (quoting 17 U.S.C. § 411 (A)). But as discussed in Section 1604.1, “[a]n infringement suit brought in reliance on preregistration risks dismissal unless the copyright owner applies for registration promptly after the preregistered work’s publication or infringement.” Id.