Navigating Copyright Law and Preserving Creator Intent

Unraveling the Challenges in Estate Planning

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CATEGORY: Professional Practice

SPEAKER: Marc Misthal, Esq. Principal, Offit Kurman and Michelle Yeung, Esq. Associate, Offit Kurman

This program will cover ways to guide your creator clients to protect their estate plans through the lens of the Copyright Act termination rights. One of the goals of the Copyright Act of 1976 was to protect artists and creators from the avaricious entertainment and publishing industries. In doing so, it also created the unintended consequence of forced heirship. The Copyright Act allows creators to terminate any inter vivos transfers of copyright and reclaim ownership of their copyright 35 years after the date of transfer (which was repeated when copyright terms were extended in 1998). If the creator does not exercise their right while alive, then it is inheritable by their “statutory heirs,” giving them the ability to undo or spoil the creator’s estate plans..

Topics & Learning Objectives Include:

  • Copyright Act Termination Rights
  • Estate Planning 
    Program Level: OverviewPrerequisites: None RequiredAdvance Preparation: None Required
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