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Copyright Term Reversion and the “Use-It-Or-Lose-It” Principle.

Kretschmer, M., 2012. Copyright Term Reversion and the “Use-It-Or-Lose-It” Principle. International Journal of Music Business Research (ijmbr), 1 (1), 44-53.

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This brief article makes an argument for the use of the legal device of term reversion, as a means for bringing unexploited works back into use, and mitigating the undesirable effects of the excessive term of copyright protection. It proposes to legislate a simple rule that copyright interests will be transferable only for an initial term of 10 years, after which they will revert to the creator. If carefully implemented, the rule is compatible with the current constraints of international and EU law. By stimulating artist‐led innovation, term reversion may also improve the financial position of creators.

Item Type:Article
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:20094
Deposited By: Professor Martin Kretschmer LEFT
Deposited On:09 May 2012 14:27
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:44


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