Sight, if you quote the link, do it completely and correctly. Then you see that: (1) you can register anytime your copyright, and (2) your claims are limited if you register after an infringement.
Quote from: http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html#cr
In general, 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 inducements or advantages to encourage copyright owners to make registration. Among these advantages are the following:
* Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim.
* Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration is necessary for works of U.S. origin.
* If made before or within 5 years of publication, registration will establish prima facie evidence in court of the validity of the copyright and of the facts stated in the certificate.
* If registration is made within 3 months after publication of the work or prior to an infringement of the work, statutory damages and attorney's fees will be available to the copyright owner in court actions. Otherwise, only an award of actual damages and profits is available to the copyright owner.
* Registration allows the owner of the copyright to record the registration with the U. S. Customs Service for protection against the importation of infringing copies. For additional information, go to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website at www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/import. Click on âoeIntellectual Property Rights.â
Registration may be made at any time within the life of the copyright. Unlike the law before 1978, when a work has been registered in unpublished form, it is not necessary to make another registration when the work becomes published, although the copyright owner may register the published edition, if desired.
2) Their volume discount is a total rip-off. Again, I am at a major university and our discount is basically the same as the Apple Education Store discount. It is really hard for me to justify my purchases and commitment to Apple.
No, that is actually not a rip-off. The real rip-off is the large volume discount by other manufacturers. Those volume discounts rip-off the average customer and small businesses. Volume discounts are only OK, if you need to invest much less money to make the deal. I would say that this is not true for Macs (maybe it is true for the Xserv).
The innovation with the iPod wasn't the iPod, but iTunes. 99-cents a song [...]
I have an iPod, many of my friends have iPods and nobody, ever, bought a piece of music in the iTunes shop. And probably won't. My shelves are full with CDs and those are feeding my iPod: As any other MP3 player it's a substitution of the walkman. However, compared with any other MP3 player the UI makes a difference; such a difference that the iPod really stands out. The same is true for the new iPod touch and the iPhone. To a lesser intent for the MacBooks, which are overprized when looking at the differences to other notebooks.
I already avoided buying any DVDs for that reason (actually the reason is the damned zone ID).
I don't own a MacBook, but why would you not buy a MacBook, because it can't play HD content without using HDCP? I mean, just avoid that crippled media and enjoy your computer.
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