Copyright Time Bomb Set to Disrupt Music, Publishing Industries

December 2009

Music publishing, record labels, artists
By Eliot Van Buskirk

The late 1970s, when punk exploded and disco imploded, were tumultuous years for the music industry. A time bomb embedded in legislation from that era, the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, could bring another round of tumult to the business, due to provisions that allow authors or their heirs to terminate copyright grants — or at the very least renegotiate much sweeter deals by threatening to do so.  and see

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