Dai Hunter , Feb 07, 2004; 01:51 p.m.
Two points relative to US and "foreign" copyrights vis a vis their enforcement against infringement in the US:
1) In some countries, e.g. Britain, they have gotten rid of the "work for hire" provisions. Now ALL work - even in the course of employment unless covered by a specific employment agreement - is the (C) property of the photographer.
2) Copyrights on works originating outside the US (aka foreign works) are enforceable in US courts against infringement without the necessity of a US copyright registration - AS LONG AS - the registration requirements that exist in the country of origin are complied with. This is to extend some uniformity to enforcement in line with the provisions of the Berne Convention which does not mandate a registration process on a national level of any signatory country. Britain, where I work, does not have a formal system of registration as the US does - but British originating works, as "foreign works, are fully enforceable against infringement in the US courts without US registration.