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Copyright Protection: Part 4 - Conclusion

Most copyright infringers prefer to settle out of court - especially when they believe you have all of the evidence to beat them. Though some may try to avoid paying your license fees, they will want even more to avoid paying statutory damages, court costs, and your lawyer's fees on top of the license fees, and they will want to avoid having a Federal record. It is also in your favor to settle out of court. Copyright infringement cases can be expensive and time consuming to prosecute, and they generally take a very long time to run their course. Be smart in your negotiations with a copyright infringer. Hold out for a fair settlement agreement, but balance the time and expense of a lengthy trial versus a fair settlement amount that avoids a court case. Copyright Infringement is rampant. If you want to make a living as a photographer, you have to protect yourself and your work. Invest the time to register all your work properly. When infringement occurs, collect your evidence and carefully document the unauthorized uses, and then take action against the party responsible. No one is going to do it for you. It is good for you. It is good for your fellow photographers. It is good for the photography industry.
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