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I Want My Record Back! How Artists Can Terminate Record Company Copyrights in Sound Recordings

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Venue: Presidents Room / Minnesota State Bar Association  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $15.00

Deadline to Register:  Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Under the Copyright Act of 1976, any grant, license or assignment made on or after January 1, 1978 may be terminated by the author thirty-five years from the date of such transfer if the work was not originally created as a work-made-for-hire for an employer. Given the unequal bargaining power at the time of early transfers and the impossibility of determining a work’s value until after it has been exploited, the intent of Congress is to safeguard authors against unremunerative transfers. With transfer termination dates beginning January 1, 2013, the potential impact of the 1976 Act on music recording and publishing companies is massive. Tim Matson will analyze the statute, including termination notice filings and other technical complications related to the interpretation and implementation of the 1976 Act.

Why attend?
Meet Tim Matson and learn more about copyright terminations and the nuances of the Copyright Act as it relates to post-1978 sound recordings.

Who may attend?
Members of the MSBA, law students, the public.

Lunch will begin at Noon, followed by the CLE program from 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.  Special meal requests need to be received no later than Tuesday, September 22. 


Tim Matson, Lommen Abdo, P.A.
Tim Matson has over 20 years of experience representing musicians, filmmakers, media talent, writers, visual artists and other creators of artistic works in all aspects of their entertainment careers as a transaction lawyer and litigator. He has worked with major legacy artists on copyright transfer termination issues, including the firm’s filing of the nation’s first post-1978 notice of termination.  He served as Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Arts & Entertainment Law Section from 2003 to 2004. Tim has twice been listed as a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers, and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

CLE Credit: 

1.0 Standard CLE credit approved |  Event Code: 210187 


Art & Entertainment Law Section:  Free
MSBA Member but not a member of the Art & Entertainment Law Section:  $10.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $15.00
Law Students:  Free
New Admittees (Attorneys Admitted to the Minnesota Bar after January 1, 2015):  Free 

Join the Art & Entertainment Law Section:  MSBA members who are not members of the Art & Entertainment Law Section can join the section & attend this event for FREE.  Click here to add the section to your membership and then contact Sue Bores to register for this meeting at no charge.

Remote Participation: 

Remote attendance is available.  Please indicate that you will attend remotely when registering.  Instructions will be sent via e-mail on Thursday, September 24.

To register with a check, please mail in this registration form.

Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.

Questions? Contact Sue Bores | 612-278-6325

No sessions have been associated with this event.