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Copyright Terminations: Writer & Publisher Perspectives

May 07, 2019

On Tuesday, May 7, Linda Edell Howard joined a panel discussion, "Copyright Terminations: Writer & Publisher Perspectives," at the Music Biz 2019 conference in Nashville. 

Linda and fellow panelists discussed how the copyright termination process works, plus legal issues related to copyright terminations for pre-1978 copyrights and post-1978 grants, from the songwriter's perspective. They also addressed the issue of a publishing company losing the copyright.

Other topics discussed included which royalties get paid to which party and when, comparing what the copyright law states to what the industry practices and options to sell songs back to the original publisher and how those copyrights are valued.