The Music Industry’s Impending Firestorm: Termination of Copyrights

The Music Industry’s Impending Firestorm: Termination of Copyrights

Will There Be a Winner in the Termination Rights Battle?

17 U.S.C. § 203 provides generally that the creator of a work other than a work made for hire may terminate an exclusive or nonexclusive grant of rights, thereby regaining the previously granted interest in the work.  Under Congress' 1976 revision of the Copyright Act, which is applicable to works created in 1978 and later, the grant's termination may be effected at any time "during a five year period beginning at the end of thirty-five years from the date of execution of the grant..."