Copyright Law has changed in both scope and length of copyright provisions. It originally was 14 years with a possibilities of a renewal of 14 years. It changed to be 28 years for initial term and then another 28 year renewal term. Congress then added 19 years and then another 20, eventually creating a system of dual term copyrights. Today we have a unitary term system based for most works on the life of the author plus 70 years. That dual term system is actually related to one of the types of termination rights that are currently in the Copyright Act. Damien Allen and Lydia Loren discuss the challenges and the provisions of Copyright Transfer Terminations on today's program.
- The Copyright Act gives authors and their families certain rights to terminate agreements
- Section 203 Termination Rights of the Copyright Act, in Title 17 of the United States Code are for agreements entered into after the 1976 Copyright Act, effective January 1, 1978. For 203 terminations, you can terminate an agreement entered into by an author 35 years after the date of the agreement.
- Section 304 terminations relate to the lengthening of copyright terms of agreements that were entered into before the effective date of the 1976 Act.
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