Copyright Termination For '70s Hits Won’t Spark Lawsuit Fever

Law360, New York (November 26, 2012, 10:00 PM EST) -- Musicians who recorded hit songs in the late 1970s will gain the right to reclaim ownership of their work starting in January under a 1978 copyright law provision, and while record labels are expected to fight to retain control of lucrative music, 2013 is unlikely to bring a flood of litigation, attorneys said.

Revisions to the Copyright Act that took effect at the beginning of 1978 gave authors of new works the ability to terminate the assignment of rights to entertainment companies after 35 years. As a result, termination rights will become available on Jan. 1, 2013, for any sound recordings...

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