Copyright Battles Loom As '70s Artists Reclaim Songs

Law360, New York (August 10, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT) -- Hit songs from the late 1970s will soon be the focus of legal battles over a provision of the Copyright Act that allows authors to reclaim the rights to their work, and attorneys are predicting a fight to the death.

Revisions to the copyright law that went into effect in January 1978 gave authors of new works the ability to terminate the assignment of rights to entertainment companies after 35 years. As a result, on Jan. 1, 2013, record companies could begin losing the rights to popular music from 1978 and after. And attorneys predict legal battles are likely to ensue....

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