Termination of Copyright Grants

Termination of Copyright Grants Presented by the YLD Entertainment & Sports Industry Committee

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This complimentary program is offered exclusively to ABA Members.

About the Program
In 1978, an extension of the Copyright Act went into effect that granted artists the right to terminate their copyright grants 35 years after that grant under Section 203.  The first round of terminations thus became effective on January 1, 2013. Former Village People singer Victor Willis was the first to exercise his termination rights, and prevailed when a court dismissed French music publisher Scorpio Music S.A.’s challenge to his termination rights.  This teleconference will examine the Willis case, termination of copyright grants, and the impending flood of litigation over such terminations.

Please note: The ABA did not request CLE accreditation for this program.

Casey Kannenberg, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Indianapolis, IN

Chrissie Scelsi, Scelsi Law, Port Charlotte, FL

Professor Jon M. Garon, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

Professor Ramona P. DeSalvo, DeSalvo Law Firm PLLC, Nashville, TN