Reclaiming Copyright: A New Opportunity

Posted November 1st, 2011 by Ellen Duranceau

Starting in 2013, authors can reclaim copyrights they transferred in 1978 (e.g. through an agreement with a publisher). Copyright law permits authors to reclaim their copyrights 35 years after transferring rights for purposes of publication. Authors interested in reclaiming copyright need to file a notice in advance, according to a designated timetable.

Reclaiming copyright allows the author to make new publishing arrangements, including making the work openly available on the web.

To evaluate whether you can reclaim a copyright, or to initiate the required notice to the Copyright Office, use a form developed by Creative Commons.

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