If you are an artist or songwriter that transferred your rights in your musical works to a record company or music publisher in 1978 or later, you may be able to recapture the ownership of your musical works.
In certain instances, United States Copyright Law allows music artists and songwriters to cancel, or “terminate,” assignments of copyrights that were made to record companies and music publishers 35 years ago. By doing so, music artists can recapture the ownership and control of their musical works.
In order to correctly reclaim music works under United States Copyright Law, there are technical notice, filing and timing requirements that must be strictly adhered to.
Under current law, if the artist or songwriter fails to effectively reclaim the recordings and songs within the limited time provided by the Copyright Act, the artist or songwriter will forever lose his ability to reclaim his works.