2304.1 (A) Notices of Termination
The Copyright Act allows authors or their heirs, under certain circumstances, to terminate an agreement that transferred or licensed the author’s copyright to a third party. To terminate a grant, the author or the author’s heirs, must serve an advance written “notice of termination” on the grantee or the grantee’s successor-in-interest and must record a copy of that notice with the U.S. Copyright Office.
A notice of termination must be recorded before the effective date of termination specified in the notice. If a notice of termination is not recorded in a timely manner the notice will be invalid, meaning that “the agreement will continue according to its own terms” and “all rights covered by an existing grant will continue unchanged … .” H.R. REP. NO. 94-1476, at 126, 128 (1976), reprinted in 1976 U.S.C.C.A.N. 5659, 5742, 5744.
For information concerning notices of termination and the procedure for recording these types of documents, see Section 2310.