The Terminator: Rights Reversion and Musicians

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I never knew there were two

Submitted by Joyce (not verified) on June 18, 2011 - 12:48pm.

I never knew there were two aspects of copyright in regards to music. One often hears about how artists and record companies are at odds over master copies, catalogs, and the like. The expiration of previous agreements with the 35 year clause of the 1976 Copyright Act will likely create more legal battles.

Unless you are a copyright infringement attorney, the complexity of the different situations will be many. Given the gray area described in the article, their looks to be issues that will arise under both the written work of songwriters as well as performance copyrights(especially those artists who relied on record companies). As the years 2013-2018 draw near, it will be interesting to see what artists attempt to regain those copyrights they lost, and what they do with them if retained.

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