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If registration is made within 3 months after publication of the work or prior to an infringement of the work, statutory damages and attorney's fees will be available to the copyright owner in court actions. Otherwise, only an award of actual damages and profits is available to the copyright owner.
Bobo, you asked about copyright registration. No, I haven't registered the website as yet, but I plan to. Right now all I have is the copyright sign at the bottom of each page and the Copyscape banner. I'll keep you posted about how this is working out. My daughter-in-law attended a book fair today and looked at some of the company's material which was on display.
Since you don't have a registered copyright - I'd suggest you do so real quickly - otherwise, you're going to face an uphill battle.
What matters now is that you register your works - since you mentioned 2002 in a previous post, may I offer you the following:
In general, copyright registration is a legal formality intended to make a public record of the basic facts of a particular copyright. However, registration is not a condition of copyright protection. Even though registration is not a requirement for protection, the copyright law provides several inducements or advantages to encourage copyright owners to make registration. Among these advantages are the following:
... and here's the 'stickler':
If made before or within 5 years of publication, registration will establish prima facie evidence in court of the validity of the copyright and of the facts stated in the certificate.
Either way, I'd consult an intellectual property attorney ASAP.
I've been looking at the guidelines for getting a website copyright and they say a website must be sent in on CDs. It would take 4 or 5 to hold everything with each CD holding 700mg. I've tried to call to see if I could use a DVD, but haven't been able to contact them yet.
Thanks for all your help.