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1208.1 Transfer of Ownership and Licensing of Rights in Mask Works

1208.1 Transfer of Ownership and Licensing of Rights in Mask Works


The owner of the exclusive rights in a mask work may transfer all of the rights or license all or fewer than all of the rights. A transfer or license must be in writing and signed by the owner of the rights or by a duly authorized agent of the owner. The exclusive rights in a mask work also can be transferred by one of the following:


• Operation of law.


• Terms of a will.


• Intestate succession.


17 U.S.C. § 903 (B).