From your link...
I’ve heard about a “poor man’s copyright.” What is it?
The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself is sometimes called a “poor man’s copyright.” There is no provision in the copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for registration.
In your case why did you think you held the copyright? Why didn't you simply register it and then go to court when you realized there was a problem? Why didn't the lawyer recommend just registering?
they receive / get the work and are supposed to send you the check, but instead copy the images on their hard drive, send back the images / CD
say they don't want them ( after duplicating them ) and make up some sort of BS/ DRAMA decide they will not pay you for them ...
you are not on staff/ work for hire and if you did not register the images with the copyright office ... well ... if they decide they are theirs and you didn't register them ...
well until you DO register them and claim ownership you are screwed ...
on the other hand, if you work for starbucks coffee, and invent the upside down carmel/espresso frappuccino .. while an employee .. your invention
is owned by your employer
... there is a HUGE difference
in the first situation you were robbed by a client
in the second situation, you were working and starbucks got the benefit of having you as an employee !
Also, if it was for a client or employer, you can't claim copyright unless agreed in advance, in writing. Metadata, printing, display, or publication can be used to provide proof of your copyrights, but can also be used against you.
Ansel Adams successfully defended his copyright of Moonrise against the US government, who claimed it as a work for hire.
There are literally millions of mitigating factors!
Before people go off on what is needed for copyright it would be advisable to seek a lawyer's opinion. The following site might be useful, http://smallbusiness.findlaw.com/int...pyright+notice
( they were allegedly in a RUSH for the work and buttered me up suggesting i was almost "staff" promised me additional work ( bla bla bla ) )
i did a "cease and desist" and they stopped ... they made up stories afterwards that it was all "on spec" because they had an open ended contract with me ( something their counsel always told them to do with contractors )
... they had me "phase + bill" as i went along .. i got wise and don't work like that anymore ...
So why not just register when there is a problem? (edit: I posted this before reading your other post)
I found this in regards to some time limits and certain statutory damages...
§ 412 . Registration as prerequisite to certain remedies for infringement12
In any action under this title, other than an action brought for a violation of the rights of the author under section 106A(a), an action for infringement of the copyright of a work that has been preregistered under section 408(f) before the commencement of the infringement and that has an effective date of registration not later than the earlier of 3 months after the first publication of the work or 1 month after the copyright owner has learned of the infringement, or an action instituted under section 411(c), no award of statutory damages or of attorney’s fees, as provided by sections 504 and 505, shall be made for —
(1) any infringement of copyright in an unpublished work commenced before the effective date of its registration; or
(2) any infringement of copyright commenced after first publication of the work and before the effective date of its registration, unless such registration is made within three months after the first publication of the work.
I'm no lawyer so I don't quite understand it. But it does seem like within a matter of weeks or months certain things like ATTORNEY'S FEES in some cases will not be awarded. Lawyers usually don't work for free.