Recapturing Ownership Through Copyright Terminations

Cases over 'Lassie' and Steinbeck works build on existing law.

, New York Law Journal

Benjamin R. Mulcahy, a partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, writes that the Ninth Circuit's decision regarding the transfer of copyright interests in "Lassie Come Home" left the door slightly ajar to the possibility that a renegotiation did not have to occur during the actual five-year termination window but could instead occur at any time during the longer notice period. But just one month later the Second Circuit kicked that door wide open.

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