copyright registration

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

The status of a work that meets the requirements of the U.S. Copyright Office. Registration is not required for copyright protection but it is required before a court action may be brought to stop infringement. Registration also confers strategic benefits in an infringement action, including a presumption that the registered owner is the rightful owner, as well as the ability to collect statutory damages and attorney fees.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.