The statutory provisions governing the termination (or recapture) of grants of copyright interests under the Copyright Act of 1976 seem relatively simple on their face, but the application of those provisions has raised numerous issues of considerable importance to creators and purveyors of copyrighted material.  There has been some clarification through litigation, but many significant issues remain unresolved. 

In brief, the termination provisions were added by Congress to copyright law to give creators of copyrighted materials a "second bite at the apple."  These provisions give creators (and their heirs) a chance to renegotiate disadvantagous grants or to enter into entirely new grants to take advantage of the value of creative material that may not have been apparent at the time of the original grant.

Over the next several weeks, I will post a series of short articles to address many of these open issues, to provide some practical guidance to how these provisions work and to give warnings as to the traps and pitfalls that may be encountered.  

In the posts to follow, I will cover the following issues (among others):

So please watch this space for articles to come!