If you believe someone has plagiarized your work and you have already registered for a copyright, you have a distinct advantage, explains Greg Victoroff, Esq., partner at Greg Victoroff & Associates. With a registered copyright, you’ll be able to recover attorney fees and statutory damages. However, if you haven’t already registered, don’t fret, says Victoroff. Go ahead and register (you can expedite the process, with a fee), and file a lawsuit. Few copyright lawsuits actually end up going to trial; if your attorney detects substantial similarities between the two works, a cease and desist letter will be sent to the offender. If the recipient doesn’t want to back down, his or her attorney and yours will negotiate and hopefully resolve the dispute quickly.
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