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Friday Factoid – 5.17.13

For works of authorship created after 1978 that are not “made for hire,” the author has a limited right to terminate any transfer of rights in the work that he or she previously granted.  Such termination rights must be exercised 35 to 40 years after either the date of the transfer or the first publication of the work.  The author must comply with certain Copyright Office notice procedures.  2013 is the first year that such termination rights can take effect.  This little known provision of copyright law may give authors and recording artists the ability to renegotiate publishing deals that were signed years or decades earlier. Sources: http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap2.html#203; http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/16/arts/music/springsteen-and-others-soon-eligible-to-recover-song-rights.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0