2310.3 (A) What Types of Grants May Be Terminated Under Section 203?
A grant may be terminated under Section 203, but only if the grant was executed by the author on or after January 1, 1978.
As the legislative history explains, Section 203 only applies “to inter vivos transfers or licenses executed by the author.” H.R. REP. NO. 94-1476, at 125 (1976), reprinted in 1976 U.S.C.C.A.N. at 5740; S. REP. NO. 94-473, at 108 (1975). Grants executed on or after January 1, 1978 by the author’s heirs are not subject to termination under the Copyright Act. Likewise, Section 203 does not apply to grants made by will, grants involving a work made for hire, or grants involving rights arising under any other federal, state, or foreign law.