Copyright law helping artists reclaim song rights

Record labels will lose ownership of many 1978 hits

Major recording artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel could soon have full ownership of their major hits from the late 1970s, which will likely result in a serious financial blow to record labels.

A provision incorporated into U.S. copyright law in the mid-’70s granted “termination rights” to musicians, songwriters and other artists. These rights allow artists to reclaim the rights to their work after 35 years, as long as they apply for ownership two years in advance.

Ashley Post

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