A recent court ruling has provided yet another reason to register your copyrights sooner rather than later.
One of the most effective ways of protecting your copyrights is a takedown under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) (17 U.S.C. § 512). The DMCA was an outgrowth of a compromise between Web hosts and copyright owners. Pre-Internet, the publisher of content, be it in a newspaper or magazine, was liable for copyright-infringing matter which appeared in its publications. With the advent of the early Internet bulletin boards, Websites provided users the ability to upload material, also known as user-generated content (UGC). The result was a flood of photographs, music, and text being uploaded to the Web.
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