WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND TONYA’S BOOKS ON ALL LEGAL MATTERS! HERE IS SOME NEWS YOU DIDN’T KNOW
From the Desk of Tonya Evans-Walls Legal Write Publications
Date: Jan 11 2007 4:53 PM
“Did you know that regardless of the terms of your transfer document (e.g., a publishing agreement or a license), you have the right to reclaim your copyright? Discussion about this little-known legal right for authors is just starting to emerge in the publishing industry. Publishers, for instance, may not want authors to know that the “life of copyright” term in most publishing agreements can be rendered null and void if a statutory termination is properly effected. But because different versions of the copyright law apply to different works, depending on when they were created, registered, and transferred, and depending on who transferred the rights, there are different rules for terminating transfers of those works to third parties.
I will examine only those transfers made on or after January 1, 1978 (not pre-1978 transfers that have slightly different rules); but if you have a specific question regarding a potential transfer termination, please contact an intellectual property attorney who is well versed in literary law and transfer termination issues. This is tough stuff even for lawyers so err on the side of caution and consult with an expert to address your specific concerns.”
So if you want to learn how to reclaim your copyright after transferring it to a publisher or someone else, check out my Blog for more information.
And continue to Write and Shine!
Author, Copyright Companion for Writers