Chapter 7: Copyright reversion: Debates, data, and directions
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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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