In Case You Didn't Notice

DJ Resolution and Respect Music Publish Mixtapes to Bring Awareness to Artists’ Reversion Right Under the Copyright Act 

Parties Aim to Encourage More Artists to Exercise Their Right to Reclaim Master Recordings Before 2020 Cut-off 

San Francisco, California, December 29, 2020 – Bay area-based DJ Resolution, in collaboration with Respect Music, announced today that they have published a series of mixtapes to raise awareness about artists’ rights to reclaim their masters under the Reversion Right clause of the Copyright Act. According to terms of the Copyright Act, artists are given a second chance to reclaim their master recordings if they follow the provision which states that they must send their record label a notice of termination within a specific time period. For artists who released recordings in 1966 and 1987, the year 2020 is their deadline to send a notice of termination. The mixtapes, titled “Soul City” and “87’ Boombox” each bring together classic songs from those years to help empower and inform artists who may have otherwise been unaware of the reversion right and the critical upcoming cut-off dates.  

Reversion Right Explained 

The reversion right stems from section 17 U.S.C. § 304 & 17 U.S.C. § 203 of the Copyright Act. It outlines the term a signee has for reclaiming master recordings made prior to 1978, which is 56 years; for master recordings made after 1978, the duration is 35 years. In both cases, the law requires artists to send a notice of termination to the record label 2 years prior to the termination date, i.e. the 54th or 33rd years, to reserve this reversion right. With these critical deadlines in mind for works published in 1966 and 1987, DJ Resolution, in a collaborative effort with Respect Music, published the mixtapes with songs from those years to serve as a public notice for the artists and their heirs in case they have not yet sent a notice of termination to their record labels this year. 

The mixtapes encourage fans to support artists as they take steps to exercise their reversion right by sending in their notices of termination. Both “Soul City” and “87’ Boombox” are available to stream and download exclusively at DjResolution.com and YoungNRecklessMusic.com

 

11 comments

  • Shannon
    Shannon Los Angeles
    So does this mean that artists who have tracks tied to labels can break them and earn everything under them down to rights? Like if they are used on TV or in Movies? I am not good with this legal stuff but my cousin has music out there and I would like to help him out.

    So does this mean that artists who have tracks tied to labels can break them and earn everything under them down to rights? Like if they are used on TV or in Movies? I am not good with this legal stuff but my cousin has music out there and I would like to help him out.

  • Kathy
    Kathy Ft. worth
    Much love from Texas! I am glad you guys are getting the word out. So much shady business happens in the music industry and I think artists deserve more for their work. Keep it up guys! I am going to continue to support you all any way I can, just let me know.

    Much love from Texas! I am glad you guys are getting the word out. So much shady business happens in the music industry and I think artists deserve more for their work. Keep it up guys! I am going to continue to support you all any way I can, just let me know.

  • James
    James Nashville
    It amazes me what labels won’t tell artists just to ensure they make the most they can from their hard work and their music. Good looking out as always. I know there was another time you guys brought some stuff to light for other artists. We have to stick together, always.

    It amazes me what labels won’t tell artists just to ensure they make the most they can from their hard work and their music. Good looking out as always. I know there was another time you guys brought some stuff to light for other artists. We have to stick together, always.

  • Marcus
    Marcus California
    Never knew about the Copyright Statute myself. Good looking out. I will help spread the word where I can. Going to share the page and the info on social media and all that. More people need to know about this. Can’t let labels keep picking up the cash on us cause we are careless with our legal knowledge.

    Never knew about the Copyright Statute myself. Good looking out. I will help spread the word where I can. Going to share the page and the info on social media and all that. More people need to know about this. Can’t let labels keep picking up the cash on us cause we are careless with our legal knowledge.

  • Denise
    Denise Seattle
    I wonder if it is worth hiring lawyers if you are in a position to afford it just to make sure you get all the rights and ownership to your music. What do you think? I remember hearing about this some years ago because of a local legal battle with an artist and his label. I would have otherwise completely forgotten if I hadn’t read about it here.

    I wonder if it is worth hiring lawyers if you are in a position to afford it just to make sure you get all the rights and ownership to your music. What do you think? I remember hearing about this some years ago because of a local legal battle with an artist and his label. I would have otherwise completely forgotten if I hadn’t read about it here.

  • Darrell
    Darrell Virginia Beach
    I had no idea you could terminate this stuff to reclaim your own music. This is fantastic! I wish I knew about this sooner. I guess it only applies to Cali and what is happening right now though right? Is there something that can be done in other states as well?

    I had no idea you could terminate this stuff to reclaim your own music. This is fantastic! I wish I knew about this sooner. I guess it only applies to Cali and what is happening right now though right? Is there something that can be done in other states as well?

  • Aaron
    Aaron Brooklyn
    For anyone wondering what you need, I looked up the doc and wanted to share so you know. I will post it below. Thank you so much for this information. I would not have even heard about it otherwise. Long time fan and supporter of everything you do here guys, never quit! (i) a clear statement that termination is being made pursuant to Section 203 of the Copyright Act; (ii) the name(s) and addresses of each assignee (or successor in interest) whose rights are being terminated. (The termination notice must be served by personal service or first-class mail to the last known address of each party whose interests are being terminated. The terminating party must also use reasonable efforts to determine who has ownership rights subject to termination); (iii) the date of execution of the original grant; (iv) if the grant included the right of publication, the date of publication; (iv) the title of each work to which the notice applies; (v) the names of the author(s) or their heirs to whom the author’s rights have passed; (vi) the original copyright registration number, if available; (vii) a brief statement explaining what grant is being terminated; (viii) date on which termination is to take effect; and (ix) the signatures of the parties holding a majority interest in the copyright.

    For anyone wondering what you need, I looked up the doc and wanted to share so you know. I will post it below. Thank you so much for this information. I would not have even heard about it otherwise. Long time fan and supporter of everything you do here guys, never quit!

    (i) a clear statement that termination is being made pursuant to Section 203 of the Copyright Act;
    (ii) the name(s) and addresses of each assignee (or successor in interest) whose rights are being terminated. (The termination notice must be served by personal service or first-class mail to the last known address of each party whose interests are being terminated. The terminating party must also use reasonable efforts to determine who has ownership rights subject to termination);
    (iii) the date of execution of the original grant;
    (iv) if the grant included the right of publication, the date of publication;
    (iv) the title of each work to which the notice applies;
    (v) the names of the author(s) or their heirs to whom the author’s rights have passed;
    (vi) the original copyright registration number, if available;
    (vii) a brief statement explaining what grant is being terminated;
    (viii) date on which termination is to take effect; and
    (ix) the signatures of the parties holding a majority interest in the copyright.

  • Alexis
    Alexis San Francisco
    Using music and your following to get information like this out here is a noble thing. I can’t see anyone in the mainstream hyping this up or letting people know. Going to share this on Twitter and my Insta, hopefully get more people sharing it too. Great work as always supporting fellow creators.

    Using music and your following to get information like this out here is a noble thing. I can’t see anyone in the mainstream hyping this up or letting people know. Going to share this on Twitter and my Insta, hopefully get more people sharing it too. Great work as always supporting fellow creators.

  • Peyton
    Peyton Miami
    I am new to all this, never heard about it before. Is this like a new thing they passed this year or something? I am usually in the know of this stuff since I work with music and stream things online. I am going to have to look into this more. Thanks for the information!

    I am new to all this, never heard about it before. Is this like a new thing they passed this year or something? I am usually in the know of this stuff since I work with music and stream things online. I am going to have to look into this more. Thanks for the information!

  • Clyde
    Clyde Burlingame
    Always glad to see you guys helping other artists out by making sure there are well informed with the issues and know their legal rights. So much gets lost on people. I had an uncle who was an artist back in the day, got swindled out of hundreds of thousands. Had he knew and was able to get a lawyer, it would have never happened. Peyton This has been around for years . The first year the reversion right went into effect was 2013 for the sound recordings released in 1978.

    Always glad to see you guys helping other artists out by making sure there are well informed with the issues and know their legal rights. So much gets lost on people. I had an uncle who was an artist back in the day, got swindled out of hundreds of thousands. Had he knew and was able to get a lawyer, it would have never happened.

    Peyton This has been around for years . The first year the reversion right went into effect was 2013 for the sound recordings released in 1978.

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