Say I'm from the USA and I write a book and don't publish it yet. Then I send it to a friend in Russia for proof reading, but instead he publishes my book over there under his own name.
Am I legally covered? Can I sue him for breaking copyright? Can he sue me if I publish the book afterwards in the USA? What about if he's from a third world country that doesn't have copyright laws?
And how about if I want to publish my book in Germany instead of the USA (since I believe there is a wider audience there for my book and I know German) but am not a citizen there. Do I have to register my copyright there or is it enough to register it in the USA?
P.S. Sorry if this question is of a more legal nature and should be asked somewhere else. Just point me where to and I'm gone.