Latent Copyright Termination — Notes For The Unwary

Law360, New York (February 7, 2013, 12:32 PM EST) -- One of the lesser-known and more surprising rights afforded authors under the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 is the right to unilaterally terminate a transfer or license of copyright. This termination right may not be waived, sold in advance or otherwise forfeited by contract. As a legislatively mandated, nondisclaimable, reversionary right, it is an anomaly in a legal system that cherishes freedom and certainty of contract and frowns upon restraints on alienation of property. Its avowedly paternalistic goal is to protect authors from bad deals by...
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