Thursday, February 28, 2013

Music Business/Law Tip - "Copyright Reversion"

In a publishing/songwriter agreement, try to negotiate for "reversion" of copyright after a certain number of years and/or if certain criteria are not met by the publisher (i.e., no licensing). Also, try to make sure that the contract does not say that the songs are "works made for hire", as that might disallow the right to "reclaim copyright after 35 year rule" in the Copyright Act for songs written from 1978 on. Ben McLane Esq

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