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Re: How do I write an Open Source Book?

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: How do I write an Open Source Book?
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2007 22:01:57 -0500
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Christopher Browne writes:
> What copyright registration tends to do is to make it a lot easier to win
> infringement cases.

In the US you can't get statutory damages or attorney's fees without
registering, but the copyright office does not authenticate
registrations[1]. The sensible thing to do is probably to register as soon
as you become aware of an infringment that you think you might need to take
action against.

> And commonly, if you register copyright, courts will award, simply based
> on that, summary damages of a pretty hefty sum.

Registration is not particularly strong evidence[1].

[1] Novell and SCO for example, have both registered the SysV source code.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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