Copyright Termination Rules Have to Change
Section 203 of the Copyright Act gives authors a 5-year window to reclaim the rights to their works by terminating transfers or licenses they executed in or after 1978, starting 35 years after they granted the licenses. These reclamation rights give the author a second bite at the apple: a chance to take his/her masters back, reevaluate how much they're really worth, and then decide whether to market them herself or negotiate again with a record label or other distributor.
Bartees Cox joined Public Knowledge as a Communications Associate in August 2012 after interning with Free Press as a Communications and Policy Assistant. While at Free Press he worked on media ownership, spectrum policy and municipal broadband issues. Prior to joining Free Press, Cox was public relations intern at Crosby-Volmer International Communications, The Urban League and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. His passion for intellectual property and media reform stem from watching minority communities' ability to succeed lessen due to lack of broadband-based technologies and services in minority areas. Bartees received a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma where he was a Gaylord College fellow.