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Getting Your Grooves Back: Understanding Copyright Termination by Evan Cohen (Variety)
There is a powerful law causing quiet yet uneasy waves in the music industry, and it’s something the record companies would rather recording artists not know about.
For recordings released after 1977, the law is a section of the Copyright Act that allows recording artists to terminate their record contracts after 35 years. It also allows songwriters to terminate their music publishing deals after 35 years. It’s usually called copyright termination, but it’s not the copyrights that are being terminated, it’s the grant of rights to the record company that is being terminated. That old, awful record contract from 1980? Gone — at least as the contract applies to the United States. On the first day of the 36th year, the band owns the recording, free and clear. That is a very powerful position, to say the least. (continue at Variety.com)
EVAN S. COHEN ON BARELY LEGAL RADIO
Joe interviews Evan about current issues regarding the termination of grants of copyright interests under Section 203 of the Copyright Act of 1976. Specifically, the discussion is about the rights of musicians and songwriters with regard to the termination of record contracts and music publishing agreements, entered into after 1978, and the timing of the terminations after 35 years.