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Regaining ownership of copyright: traps for the unwary in UK and US copyright law


The copyright laws of both the UK and the US include provisions for reversion and for termination of transfers of copyright that are only too easy to overlook when conducting due diligence or other chain of title investigations in commercial transactions.


While the UK's reversion provisions only benefit authors' estates, the US termination provisions can benefit living authors too. This article explains how the respective provisions work.