This chapter explores the concept of copyright reversion: reverting copyright
that creators may have assigned or licensed to third parties like publishers
and record labels, so that those creators can explore new licensing deals
and exploitation avenues. It examines how those rights are present in
contract and statute. It focuses on the statutory reversion scheme in the
United States, which is one of the most well-known but also controversial
domestic reversion systems. It highlights new empirical research into the
operation of the US scheme, examines case law about the validity of
purported terminations, and concludes with some thoughts on reversion law
reform. This chapter draws from and builds on the author’s doctoral thesis
and prior publications.
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