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Recapturing Your Copyrights

Dear Professional Songwriter,

The Copyright Revision Act of 1976 includes a provision granting songwriters the right to recapture the copyrights to their songs. YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT. The copyrights to your songs may not be gone forever. Although the specifics are complicated, generally speaking, songs you signed away after 1978 are eligible to be recaptured after 35 years; songs you signed away before 1978 are eligible to be recaptured after 56 years.

This could be one of the most important matters of your career, for you and your heirs.

For more information, visit the links below, then consult a lawyer or specialist in copyright recapture.

Debi Cochran
Legislative and Workshops Director
1710 Roy Acuff Place
Nashville TN 37203


The Basics of Copyright Termination - By Alison Prestwood

Lewis Anderson at Legacyworks, LLC

Linda Edell Howard

Brent McBride at Copyright Recapture

Lloyd Jassen at CopyLaw.com


Lisa Alter

Jeffery & Todd Brabec

Derek Crownover

Bill Gable

Denise Stevens

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