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Copyright Act's Termination Right Is Having A Moment

By Bill Donahue (February 5, 2021, 9:27 PM EST) -- The Copyright Act's so-called termination right — a rule that allows authors to regain control of their rights — is primed for a big year ahead, with a slew of pending cases that could shed more light on how exactly the provision works.

Introduced in the Copyright Act of 1976, the termination right allows an author to retake control of a work they signed over to a publisher years earlier, ranging from as long as 56 years for works licensed before 1978 to 35 years for those assigned out after 1978.

The option was created to correct the "unequal bargaining position"...

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