Copyright Termination and Technical Standards
Jorge L. Contreras
American University - Washington College of Law
June 24, 2014
University of Baltimore Law Review, Vol. 43(2), pp. 221-253 (2014)
Section 203 of the Copyright Act permits authors to terminate any grant of rights in a copyright between 35 and 40 years after the initial grant was made. In this article we analyze the application of Section 203 termination to technical standards documents, focusing in particular on the exclusion of works-made-for-hire, the treatment of joint works and derivative works. We conclude that, although Section 203 is theoretically applicable to technical standards, several statutory obstacles would impede the wholesale termination of standards-related license grants. Nevertheless, in order to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation, we recommend that Congress or the courts explicitly acknowledge the inapplicability of Section 203 to technical standards.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: standards, copyright, termination, Section 203Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: October 4, 2013 ; Last revised: June 26, 2014
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