BuzzFeed is a popular “viral news” site that made its name
with frivolous cat pictures (the IP Kat purrs in approval) but, more recently, has become
a serious media company with famous journalists and a partnership with CNN.
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Section 412 of the Copyright Act acts as a brake on statutory damages awarded under Section 504(c) ... For United States works, since registration is a prerequisite to protection, it happens on occasion that acts of infringement occur both before and after registration. Section 412, however, is unrelenting: if the copyright owner doesn’t register before any act of infringement occurs, no statutory damages may be awarded, period. [...]
The [9th Circuit] court of appeals looked to other court opinions and what it perceived to be the purposes of the statute: (1) “to provide copyright owners with an incentive to register their copyrights promptly..."