a prerequisite to an infringement action
The legal registration and ownership of the product of a writer or other original creator. The owner of the copyright owns all rights to use the copyrighted material. Copyright protects the original expression of ideas, not the ideas themselves. It is free and automatically safeguards original works of literature from copying and certain other uses.
Copyright registration is a legal formality intended to make a public record of the basic facts of a particular copyright. However, registration is not a condition of copyright protection. Even though registration is not a requirement for protection, the copyright law provides several advantages for copyright owners who register their work(s).