helleborine - 3:59 pm on Apr 9, 2013 (gmt 0)
(1) I have sued for work that was not registered. The misconception here is yours. You can sue for your going rate for use of the image, and for some punitive damages for the hassle. I did it once, guy didn't contest, I got $850, and had to remove the products from the market.
(2) My entire website is registered bulk, you can register arrays of work such as "january-march new content." Cheap! It counts as ONE item.
(3) The motive to register work is to be able to sue for very large $$$ of statutory damages. The judgments can be ruinously punitive for the defendants. Further, the defendant MUST automatically cover your legal fees, so attorneys are always very happy to help if they think the defendant has seizable assets.