New York, NY, Oct. 22, 2008. Today, many artists are at a disadvantage because their copyrighted work is being used online without their authorization or knowledge. The Copyright Registry (www.C-Registry.us), a patent-pending process that launched today as a free beta service, now allows those who hold the rights to creative works to find copies of that work on the Internet and claim copyright to them.
This functionality represents a significant benefit to copyright holders, who are weighing the impact of The Orphan Works Act - currently working its way through Congress. Under the Orphan Works Act, the risk of punitive damage against copyright infringers is significantly reduced.