If an American citizen living in Canada is also a permanent resident or dual citizen of Canada, should she file for a copyright registration in Canada or the United States?
To obtain the statutory benefits afforded by U.S. copyright law, such as the ability to claim statutory damages and attorney’s fees in an infringement action, and the evidentiary presumption of validity, the work must be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. The U.S. Copyright Office is an office of record and cannot provide legal advice. As such, we cannot advise you regarding the significance (if any) of a U.S. copyright registration under Canadian law, or how to obtain a copyright registration under the laws of Canada, or any other country. For more information on international copyright issues, please visit the international page of our website at: https://copyright.gov/international-issues/.