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Journal of the
Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association
Volume 10, Number 1 (2010)

Termination of Copyright Transfers: Whether Sound Recordings Created On or After 1978 Constitute Works Made for Hire Under the Copyright Act of 1976

Stephanie R. Taylor
Middle Tennessee State University

Introduction

    One of the most pressing issues facing record labels today is whether sound recordings constitute works made for hire under the United States copyright law. As early as the year 2013, courts will make a decision on this issue. If courts determine that sound recordings are not works made for hire under the law, labels could lose many of their most valuable assets: sound recording copyrights. This is a complicated issue, and as a result, it is difficult to predict what the courts will ultimately decide.

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