Chapter 19: Authors' copyright (?)
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This Essay builds on Rochelle Dreyfuss 1987 article, The Creative Employee and the Copyright Act of 1976, in which she emphasized the importance of vesting authors with copyright ownership.  While Prof. Dreyfuss focused primarily on creators’ non pecuniary interests, this Essay addresses authors' economic interests as well.  After affirming the importance of copyright ownership to creators, the Essay next analyzes sources of authorship attribution rights.  These include the Visual Artists Rights Act and the protection of Copyright Management Information.  But these provisions are wholly inadequate to the task of assuring name recognition for creators.  The Essay then turns to authors’ ownership of economic rights. It reviews formal limitations on transfers of copyright and considers how creative interpretation of the relevant provisions of the 1976 Copyright Act might limit the scope of transfers. The Essay concludes with an assessment of the author’s inalienable statutory right to terminate transfers.

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