This week the NPPA joined an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court of the United States in support of photographers and other artists asking the high court to hold that artists have the right to file a lawsuit a soon as they have submitted their application to register their copyright.
The critical issue before the court is whether authors can file suit for infringement as soon as they have registered their copyright, or whether they have to wait to for the U.S. Copyright Office to finish processing their registration in order to file suit. Since copyright registration processing times can sometimes last as long as 16 months (28 months if submitted in paper), the amicus brief argues that requiring artists to wait would make it impossible for them to prevent infringements in a meaningful manner.
See amicus brief here.
– Mickey H. Osterreicher and Alicia Wagner Calzada, NPPA general counsels