Originally Posted by Ralph Sir Edward
More seriously, the problem is that copyright law is backward to all other property rights.
Except it isn't, to other IP rights.
Ever wonder why many trademarks are marked (TM)? That's because they're not registered. A registered trademark (R/®/registered) has
been paid for, but you can register after the infringement has started and still assert your rights. Design rights, where they exist, function in the same way.
Trade secrets? Whole point is they're not "registered", they're generated in the normal course of business, just like copyright!
patents require registration from the word go.