Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
in the USA ...
if you don't register your work, you are screwed.
This is not true. You own the copyright the instant an image is created. You can sue for actual, provable, economic losses. You will only receive those funds that you can prove are losses, plus legal fees.

If you register, the court can award punitive damages above economic losses. You can register multiple images, even online. Registration provides added benefits, as well.

Check out the copyright site, they have all the information you need.