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1807.4 (F) Court Ordered Cancellation

1807.4 (F) Court Ordered Cancellation


Occasionally, the plaintiff(s) and/or defendant(s) in a copyright infringement lawsuit ask the court to issue an order directing a party to cancel his or her registration. When requesting this type of relief, litigants should ask the court to issue the order to the copyright claimant named in the certificate of registration or the claimant’s duly authorized agent. In addition, litigants should ask the court to direct that party to cancel the registration using the procedure described in Section 1807.4 (E) above. See Brownstein v. Lindsay, 742 F.3d 55, 75 (3d Cir. 2014) (“Courts have no authority to cancel copyright registrations because that authority resides exclusively with the Copyright Office.”).