The Future of United States Copyright Formalities: Why We Should Prioritize Recordation, and How to Do It

38 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2013 Last revised: 14 Sep 2013

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Daniel J. Gervais

Vanderbilt University - Law School

Dashiell Renaud

Vanderbilt University - Law School

Date Written: May 6, 2013

Abstract

This paper, presented at the 2013 Berkeley (BCLT) Symposium, reviews the history of copyright formalities domestically and internationally and the constraints imposed by, and guidance contained in, the Berne Convention. It proposes a purposive approach to formalities which focuses primarily on whom, not what, and suggests a greater role for recordation after an initial transfer of rights.

Keywords: Berne Convention, copyright, formalities, recordation

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Gervais, Daniel J. and Renaud, Dashiell, The Future of United States Copyright Formalities: Why We Should Prioritize Recordation, and How to Do It (May 6, 2013). Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Vol. 28, 2013; Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Vol. 28, 2013; Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper, Working Paper Series, 13-40. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2318496

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