Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
this is true, but if you are working for someone, as a contract photographer, on assignment with a signed contract ...
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 ...

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(1) any infringement of copyright in an unpublished work commenced before the effective date of its registration; or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.
http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap4.html


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.