A Copyright Assignment is a document used when one person owns a copyright to any kind of work (such as a screenplay, novel, painting, or song) and wishes to transfer the ownership of that copyright to another person. Copyright Assignments are most often utilized in situations where the copyright is already registered with the United States Copyright Office, and it's best for both parties to have a memorialized record of the assignment. Often, Copyright Assignments are used when the rights to a work are being given away so that the party receiving the rights may use that work for any purpose they desire.
Copyright Assignments allow the easy transfer of the copyrighted works. They contain all the information needed to record the assignment with the United States Copyright Office, if so desired by either or both of the parties. Recordation with the U.S. Copyright Office isn't strictly necessary, however, though it is a good way to ensure everything flows smoothly with the assignment of the copyright.
How to use this document
This document can be used to transfer the ownership of an existing copyright or when an individual would like an existing copyright transferred to them, as long as the owner agrees. It should be used when both parties understand that the copyright will be completely assigned and wish to create a record of their agreement.
This document will allow the parties to fill in details of the work or works to be transferred, as well as ensure that everything needed for recordation with the U.S. Copyright Office is present. Either party - either the person assigning the copyright or the person receiving the copyright - can fill out this form. Please keep in mind that this form requires both signatures, as well as a notarization.
Copyright Assignments are related to the copyright law of the United States, which is covered by a federal statute called the Copyright Act of 1976.
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