New Copyright Ruling is a Concern for Rights Owners
A recent antipiracy ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court was met with heavy criticism from
various groups representing content creators and record labels among others, who claimed
it would make it even more difficult to take action against fraudsters in the future.
The ruling in question stated that copyright holders may only file complaints about
infringements if already registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. The critics argued that,
with current U.S. Copyright Office processing times of six to nine months, copyright owners
could be left practically helpless while waiting for their registration to be approved. In a
world where online infringements and piracy can happen instantaneously, nine months is
enough time for huge amounts of damage to be done to brands and company reputations,
as well as massive losses in potential income.