Authors’ ‘Termination Rights’ Starts in 2013

Stephen King, American author best known for h...

Stephen King, American author best known for his enormously popular horror novels. King was the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Taken at the 2007 New York Comicon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These ‘termination rights’, a copyright Act, let artists break contracts after 35 years. It was triggered by a lawsuit between the disco group Village People and music studios. 1978 bestselling authors who are eligible to reclaim their work include Stephen King, Judy Blume, and John LeCarre.

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