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Copyright Office issues “Gap Grant” opinion

A work created on or after January 1, 1978 becomes copyrighted as soon as it is fixed in a tangible means of expression, which essentially means the date of creation. This was a considerable change from previous requirements under old law when a work was copyrighted only when registered with the copyright office or publicly […]

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Termination Right

Most creators are amazed when they hear about the termination rights made possible by the 1976 Copyright Act.  By law it is possible for a creator to recapture the rights transferred by grant, such as a publishing contract, single song agreement, administration agreement, or security for a loan.  Even if the creator has an outstanding […]

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Life of Copyright

The Copyright Law has gone through many changes and revisions over the years, so the life of any particular copyright is determined by a variety of factors.  These include when the song was written, the date the song was first registered for copyright, if the song was published with notice prior to registration, if filing […]

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