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section, and the notice shall be served not less than two or more than ten years before that date. A copy of the notice shall be recorded in the Copyright Office before the effective date of termination, as a condition to its taking effect.
(B) The notice shall comply, in form, content, and manner of service, with requirements that the Register of Copyrights shall prescribe by regulation. (4) Termination of the grant may be effected notwithstanding any agree ment to the contrary, including an agreement to make a will or to make any
future grant. (b) EFFECT OF TERMINATION.–Upon the effective date of termination, all rights under this title that were covered by the terminated grant revert to the author or, if he is dead, to all of those entitled to terminate his grant under clause (1) of subsection (a), but with the following limitations:
(1) A derivative work prepared under authority of the grant before its termination may continue to be utilized under the terms of the grant after its termination, but this privilege does not extend to the preparation after the termination of other derivative works based upon the copyrighted work covered by the terminated grant.
(2) A further grant, or agreement to make a further grant, of any right covered by a terminated grant is valid only if it is made after the effective date of the termination. As an exception, however, an agreement for such a further grant may be made between the persons effecting the termination and the original grantee or his successor in title, after the notice of termination has been served as provided by clause (3) of subsection (a).
(3) The future rights that will revert upon termination of the grant become vested on the date of the notice of termination has been served as provided by clause (3) of subsection (a). Where the rights revert to the author's widow and one or more of his children or grandchildren, the widow is entitled to a one-half interest in the reverted rights. The interests of the author's children and grandchildren shall in all cases be divided among them on a per stirpes basis according to the number of his children represented.
(4) Termination of a grant under this section shall affect only those rights covered by the grant that arise under this title, and shall in no way affect rights arising under any other Federal, State, or foreign laws.
(5) Unless and until termination is effected under this section, the grant, if it does not provide otherwise, continues in effect for the term of copy
right provided in this title. $ 204. Execution of transfers of copyright ownership
(a) A transfer of copyright ownership, other than by operation of law, is not valid unless an instrument of conveyance, or a note or memorandum of the transfer, is in writing and signed by the owner of the rights coveyed or his duly authorized agent.
(b) A certificate of acknowledgment is not required for the validity of a transfer, but is prima facie evidence of the execution of the transfer if:
(1) in the case of a transfer executed in the United States, the certificate is issued by a person authorized to administer oaths within the United States; or
(2) in the case of a transfer executed in a foreign country, the certificate is issued by a diplomatic or consular officer of the United States, or by a person authorized to administer oaths, whose authority is proved by a
certificate of such an officer. 8 205. Recordation of transfers and other documents
(a) CONDITIONS FOR RECORDATION.—Any transfer of copyright ownership or other document pertaining to a copyright may be recorded in the Copyright Office if the document filed for recordation bears the actual signature of the person who executed it, or if it is accompanied by a sworn or official certification that it is a true copy of the original, signed statement.
(b) CERTIFICATE OF RECORDATION. - The Register of Copyrights shall, upon receipt of a document as provided by subsection (a) and of the fee provided by section 708, record the document and return it with a certificate of recordation.
(c) RECORDATION AS CONSTRUCTIVE NOTICE.--Recordation of a document in the Copyright Office gives all persons constructive notice of the facts stated in the recorded document, but only if :
(1) the document, or material attached to it, specifically identifies the work to which it pertains so that, after the document is indexed by the Register of Copyrights, it would be revealed by a reasonable search under the title or registration number of the work; and
(2) registration, as provided by section 407, has been made for the work. (d) RECORDATION AS PREREQUISITE TO INFRINGEMENT SUIT.
person claiming by virtue of a transfer to be the owner of copyright or of any exclusive right under a copyright is entitled to institute an infringement action under this title until the instrument of transfer under which he claims has been recorded in the Copyright Office, but suit may be instituted after such recordation on a cause of action that arose before recordation.
(e) PRIORITY BETWEEN CONFLICTING TRANSFERS.—As between two conflicting transfers, the one executed first prevails if it is recorded within two months after its execution in the United States or within four months after its execution abroad, or at any time before recordation of the later transfer. Otherwise the later transfer prevails if recorded first, and if taken in good faith, for valuable consideration or on the basis of a binding promise to pay royalties, and without notice of the earlier transfer.
(f) PRIORITY BETWEEN CONFLICTING TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP AND NON-ExCLUSIVE LICENSE.--A non-exclusive license, whether recorded or not, prevails over a conflicting transfer of copyright ownership if:
(1) the license was taken before execution of the transfer; or
(2) the license was taken in good faith before recordation of the transfer and without notice of it.
CHAPTER 3-DURATION OF COPYRIGHT Sec. 301. Pre-emption with respect to other laws. 302. Duration of copyright : works created on or after January 1, 1967. 303. Duration of copyright: works created but not published or copyrighted before
January 1, 1967. 304, Duration of copyright: subsisting copyrights. 305. Duration of copyright: terminal date. 8 301. Pre-emption with respect to other laws
(a) On and after January 1, 1967, all rights in the nature of copyright in works that come within the subject matter of copyright as specified by sections 102 and 103, whether created before or after that date and whether published or unpublished, are governed exclusively by this title. Thereafter, no person is entitled to copyright, literary property rights, or any equivalent legal or equitable right in any such work under the common law or statutes of any State.
(b) Nothing in this title annuls or limits any rights or remedies under the law of any State with respect to :
(1) unpublished material that does not come within the subject matter of copyright as specified by sections 102 and 103;
(2) any cause of action arising from undertakings commenced before January 1, 1967;
(3) activities violating rights that are not equivalent to any of the exclusive rights within the general scope of copyright as specified by section 106, including breaches of contract, breaches of trust, invasion of privacy, defamation, and deceptive trade practices such as passing off and false
representation. 8 302. Duration of copyright: Works created on or after January 1, 1967
(a) IN GENERAL.—Copyright in a work created on or after January 1, 1967, subsists from its creation and, except as provided by the following subsections, endures for a term consisting of the life of the author and 50 years after his death.
(b) JOINT WORKS.—In the case of a joint work prepared by two or more authors who did not work for hire, the copyright endures for a term consisting of the life of the second of the authors to die and 50 years after his death.
(c) ANONYMOUS WORKS, PSEUDONYMOUS WORKS, AND Works MADE FOR HIRE. In the case of an anonymous work, a pseudonymous work, or a work made for hire, the copyright endures for a term of 75 years from the year of its first publication, or a term of 100 years from the year of its creation, whichever
expires first. If, before the end of such term, the identity of one or more of the authors of an anonymous or pseudonymous work is revealed in the registration or other public records of the Copyright Office, the copyright in such work endures for the term specified by subsections (a) or (b), based on the life of the author or authors whose identity has been revealed.
(d) RECORDS RELATING TO DEATH OF AUTHORS.-Any person having an interest in a copyright may at any time record in the Copyright Office a statement of the date of death of the author of the copyrighted work, or a statement that the author is still living on a particular date. The statement shall identify the person filing it, the nature of his interest, and the source of his information, and shall comply in form and content with requirements that the Register of Copyrights shall prescribe by regulation. The Register shall maintain current records of information relating to the death of authors of copyrighted works, based on such recorded statements and, to the extent he considers practicable, on data contained in any of the records of the Copyright Office or in other reference sources.
(e) PRESUMPTION AS TO AUTHOR'S DEATH.—After a period of 75 years from the year of first publication of a work, or a period of 100 years from the year of its creation, whichever expires first, any person who obtains from the Copyright Office a certified report that the records provided by subsection (d) disclose nothing to indicate that the author of the work is living, or died less than 50 years before, is entitled to the benefits of a presumption that the author has been dead for at least 50 years. Reliance in good faith upon this presumption shall be a complete defense to any action for infringement under this title. 8 303. Duration of copyright: Works created but not published or copyrighted
before January 1, 1967 Copyright in a work created January 1, 1967, but not theretofore in the public domain or copyrighted, subsists from January 1, 1967, and endures for the term provided by section 302. In no case, however, shall the term of copyright in such a work expire before December 31, 1990; and, if the work is published before December 31, 1990, the term of copyright shall not expire before December 31, 2015. 8 304. Duration of copyright: Subsisting copyrights
(a) COPYRIGHTS IN THEIR FIRST TERM ON JANUARY 1, 1967.-The duration of any copyright, the first term of which is subsisting on January 1, 1967, is governed by the provisions of the following two clauses :
(1) The copyright shall endure for twenty-eight years from the date it was originally secured : Provided, That in the case of any posthumous work or of any periodical, cyclopedic, or other composite work upon which the copyright was originally secured by the proprietor thereof, or of any work copyrighted by a corporate body (otherwise than as assignee or licensee of the individual author) or by an employer for whom such work is made for hire, the proprietor of such copyright shall be entitled to a renewal and extension of the copyright in such work for the further term of forty-seven years when application for such renewal and extension shall have been made to the Copyright Office and duly registered therein within one year prior to the expiration of the original term of copyright: And provided further, That in the case of any other copyrighted work, including a contribution by an individual author to a periodical or to a cyclopedic or other composite work, the author of such work, if still living, or the widow, widower, or children of the author, if the author be not living, or if such author, widow, widower, or children be not living, then the author's executors or in the absence of a will, his next of kin shall be entitled to a renewal and extension of the copyright in such work for a further term of forty-seven years when application for such renewal and extension shall have been made to the Copyright Office and duly registered therein within one year prior to the expiration of the original term of copyright: And provided further, That in default of the registration of such application for renewal and extension, the copyright in any work shall terminate at the expiration of twenty-eight years from the date copyright was originally secured.
(2) Subsisting copyrights originally registered in the Patent Office prior to July 1, 1940, under section 3 of the act of June 18, 1874, shall be subject to renewal for a further term of forty-seven years in behalf of the proprietor upon application made to the Register of Copyrights within one year prior to the expiration of the original term of twenty-eight years.
(b) COPYRIGHTS IN THEIR RENEWAL TERM ON DECEMBER 31, 1965, OR RENEWED
(c) TERMINATION OF TRANSFERS AND LICENSES COVERING EXTENDED RENEWAL
(1) Termination of the grant may be effected by the surviving person or
(2) Termination of the grant may be effected at any time during a period
(3) The termination shall be effected by serving an advance notice in
(A) The notice shall state the effective date of the termination, which
(B) The notice shall comply, in form, content, and manner of service,
(5) Upon the effective date of termination, all rights under this title that
(A) A derivative work prepared under authority of the grant before
(B) A further grant, or agreement to make a further grant, of any
(C) The future rights that will revert upon termination of the grant
(D) Termination of a grant under this subsection shall affect only
(E) Unless and until termination is effected under this subsection, the
mainder of the extended renewal term.
All terms of copyright provided by sections 302 through 304 run to the end of
CHAPTER 4-COPYRIGHT NOTICE, DEPOSIT, AND REGISTRATION
(a) GENERAL REQUIREMENT.--Whenever a work protected under this title is
(b) FORM OF NOTICE.—The notice appearing on the copies shall consist of the
(1) the symbol © (the letter C in a circle), the word "Copyright,” or the
(2) the year of first publication of the work; in the case of compilations
(3) the name of the owner of copyright in the work, or an abbreviation by
tion of the owner.
(a) Whenever a sound recording protected under this title is published in the
(b) FORM OF NOTICE.—The notice appearing on the phonorecords shall consist
(1) the symbol ® (the letter P in a circle);
(3) the name of the owner of copyright in the sound recording, or an
part of the notice.
(d) EFFECTIVE DATE OF REQUIREMENT.-The requirements of this section apply
(a) A separate contribution to a collective work may bear its own notice of