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RENEWAL & RECORDING CHANGES TO COPYRIGHT OWNERSHIP
Renewal of Copyright
Since the U.S. Copyright Act was amended in 1992, most works do not currently
require renewal as the length of protection has been automaticaly extended
For works created on or after January 1, 1978 - the term of copyright
for the author's life plus 50 years after the author's death. In the case
of "joint works" by two or more authors, the term lasts for 50 years after
the surviving author's death. For works made for hire, the duration of
copyright will be 75 years from publication, or 100 years from creation,
whichever is shorter.
For works created and published or registered before January 1, 1978,
a renewal registration was required or else the copyright would expire
28 years after it was secured.
These rules have also been amended and while a renewal registration is
now optional for works created before 1978, it remains highly advisable
to take advantage of the benefits of renewal.
Mr. Anderson has prepared hundreds of copyright renewals, most notably
for a series of television programs owned by the late, great comedic actor
Red Skelton during his lifetime.
RECORDAL OF DOCUMENTS WITH THE U.S. OFFICE OF COPYRIGHTS
Any of the exclusive rights of the copyright owner may be sold or transferred.
However, the sale or transfer of such rights is not valid unless the transfer
is made in writing and signed by the owner of the rights. A copyright
may also be conveyed by operation of law and may be bequeathed by will
or may pass at the death of the copyright owner as personal property.
Changes in ownership (including name and address changes) should always
be recorded in order to preserve the owner's security and title to the
work in cases of infringement and to enable the owner to take full advantage
of licensing opportunities.
Licenses and security interests in copyrighted material should also be
recorded to maintain clear title and preserve the rights of all interested
While recording is not always mandatory, it is necessary before any lawsuit
for infirngement is filed in court by any party not listed on the original
The Copyright Act has several other advantages for those who record, including:
-establishing priorities between conflicting transfers and nonexclusive
- establishing a publioc record of the contents of the transfer or document;
-providing "constructive notice" that the public has, or could have had
actual knowledge of the facts contained in a properly recorded document.
Our attorneys can assist with the recording of changes to the information
listed on Original Registration Certificate, (e.g., Assignments or Transfer
of Ownership; Security Interest; License; Will; Change of Name of Owner;
Termination of Transfer; Shareware; Life Identity, Death Statement; Transfer
of Mask Works; etc.) and any other documents pertaining to a Copyright
may also be recorded.
Our fees regularly include the filing and recordal of a document of any
length containing one title. Any number of additional titles may be recorded
with the Copyright office. When completed, the submitted documents are
returned with a certificate of recordation bearing the Copyright Office
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