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Evan S. Cohen, who heads Copyright Termination Experts, is a licensed attorney in California with more than 31 years of experience in the music industry. He has headed music publishing companies and record companies, and has extensive experience in copyright litigation. Cohen has worked with numerous musicians, songwriters, and heirs of songwriters, concentrating in entertainment law and intellectual property. Dan Perloff, who is in charge of copyright research, has over 30 years’ experience in the music business, and has extensive knowledge of the history of recorded music and record company catalogues.

Work with a company headed by a music lawyer with vast experience in the music publishing and record industry. We diligently provide technically accurate and efficient legal services that correlate with our clients’ artistic and financial objectives, no matter how complicated.

Depending on the complexity of your involvement with record companies and music publishing companies, the process of formulating a technically-correct Notice of Termination may be very easy, or it might take some extensive research and analysis. We are experts at finding out what is required for the Notice, as well as those works which should not or cannot be included. We can also deal with the Copyright Office and the mandatory recordation of the Notice of Termination, a procedure that may include unexpected delays and hurdles.


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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)


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.

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