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Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v., 17–571

Held that a copyright claimant may not commence an infringement suit until the Copyright Office registers the copyright. The plaintiff, a news organization that sued a news website for infringement, argued that the relevant date should be when the Copyright Office receives a completed application for registration, even if the Register of Copyrights has not yet acted on that application. The U.S. Supreme Court disagreed, in a unanimous opinion delivered by Justice Ginsburg.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2019/03/04


  • Ginsburg


  • United States Supreme Court


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