TERMINATIONS OF TRANSFERS

IVAN HOFFMAN, B.A., J.D.

 


 If you are:

 
An author, song writer, composer, artist, recording artist or any other creative type or an heir to or divorced party of any of these parties;
 
or you are
 
A publisher, music publisher, record company or any other party who has received grants of rights from any of these parties,

or you are

An estate planning attorney, a divorce/family law attorney, business manager, certified public accountant or other party representing any of the above,

and you are not aware of the very complex provisions of the United States Copyright law regarding termination of transfer rights,

then I urge you to take a look at the articles on this page.

I have been representing clients on all sides of these matters for many years and so have decided to devote a separate page on my site to such issues.

These matters are now very timely .  The termination provisions related to post-January 1, 1978 agreements became possibly terminable starting January 1, 2013 (but at least a 2 year notice has to be given so are relevant starting now).  The provisions related to pre-January 1, 1978 agreements and especially agreements related to copyrights that were initially registered in the early to mid-1950s (including all the great early rock and roll songs), are all now subject to possible termination (again subject to the minimum of 2 year notice).

This is thus likely to be a very “hot” legal topic for many decades to come, especially since the law in regard to many of the issues is far, far from clear.  These articles are just the start.

I provide legal, consulting services to the parties involved in these complex matters.

 Newest Article: The Copyright Marriage Equality Act 

Terminations of Transfers Divorce and Copyright
The Problems with "Old" Contracts When A Celebrity Dies
Who Can Renew Old Copyrights? If You Have "Old" Copyrights
Dying and Copyright Are Copyrights Community Property

Terminating Marital Settlement Agreements Under the Copyright Law (Non-Community Property State) From The Georgia State Bar Family Law Newsletter (See page 22)

How Marital Settlement Agreements Are Affected By The Copyright Law
How Termination of Transfer Rights Under the Copyright Law May Affect Estate Planning (California Trusts and Estates Quarterly Volume 19, Issue 1, 2013) The Copyright Marriage Equality Act 

 


 


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