Duran Duran Case Shouldn't Affect Paul McCartney Contracts

Law360, New York (January 30, 2017, 8:16 PM EST) -- Under the United States Copyright Act, authors have the right to terminate contracts for the assignment of copyright, or rights under copyright. This termination right is “inalienable”[1] and it cannot be waived by contract.[2] Under the Berne Convention, foreign authors enjoy the same rights under the U.S. copyright law as American authors enjoy.[3]

The decision by an English trial court[4] that the exercise by the members of Duran Duran of their right to terminate the assignment of their United States copyrights under U.S. law constituted a breach of contract under English law has raised alarming questions about the enforceability of U.S....

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