Reaplication of a Copyrighted Site and Statutory Damages under 17 U.S.C. Section 505

In the United States, a website is protected under copyright laws and its infringement can direct to the award of damages for the website copyright holder. Since damages and profits are difficult to prove for copyright infringement, many copyright holders elect to receive statutory damages. Statutory damages are limited to the time when the copyright holder applied for the copyright registration as well as when the copyrighted work was “published.” This article provides information on copyright laws applied to websites and the award of statutory damages.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are the benefits to copyright registration?
What is the method for computing statutory damages?
Who were the parties and the facts underlying the case of Getaped.com Inc. v. Cangemi?
What did the Magistrate Judge hold?
What did the District Court hold?

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