Entry at LOC

There is a new entry on Neil’s page at the Library of Congress from August 2021. Can anyone decipher the entry?

Jeff & Bill

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  1. Copyright changes

    There are two basic statutes of the Copyright Act in which the law of termination has been established First, and the law that is more prominent at the present time, is Section 203. Also known as the “35-year law,” it allows for the termination of BOTH grants of rights in post-1977 sound recordings (i.e., record contracts) AND musical compositions (publishing agreements, co-publishing agreements, administration agreements, licenses, etc.) 35 years after publication of the work. Second, the older law, Section 304(c), presently ONLY covers musical compositions (and not sound recordings) registered prior to 1978, and it affects copyrights 56 years after the date of copyright. For instance, if you wrote a song in 1965 (and registered for copyright on a date in 1965), 56 years after that is 2022, so you could send a notice now, for termination in 2022. This is the law currently being utilized by Paul McCartney to terminate Sony’s right in 50% of a whole list of Beatles songs. (The law will also cover sound recordings registered from February 15, 1972 to December 31, 1977, but we’re just not there yet.) In any event, this law is very important, and we are just getting started with terminations of the great songs of the 1960s



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