Saturday, September 3, 2011

Rights of Songs of Certain Major Musical Artists will revert back to them

Under a little known termination/reversion provision of the 1976 Copyright Act, recording company's copyrights can revert back to the original artists beginning in 2013. The artists potentially impacted include Bruce Springsteen, the Eagles and Billy Joel. In 1976, U.S. copyright law was amended to give artists the right to regain the rights to their work after 35 years. The first batch of albums, those created on or after January 1st, 1978, become eligible for so-called "termination rights" from the record companies in 2013. Don Henley says the Eagles have not yet filed termination paperwork but are considering their options.


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