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REVERSION 87'

DJ RESOLUTION

Ownership

DJ Resolution X Respect Music

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 USC 304 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.

Boombox 87'

DJ RESOLUTION

Boombox 87'

87' boombox

 

Although Hip Hop is by far the youngest of all genres, since its inception it has been proven to be the most vocal and trendsetting over the years. Nevertheless even with numerous artists achieving success, it’s been limited to a market cap due to what ultimately comes down to ownership

It’s well understood that once an artist signs a recording contract, he or she assigns all rights pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 106 to that of the record label. The current statutory term or duration an assignee has for recordings made after 1978 is 35 years. In accordance with 17 U.S.C. § 203,  after 35 years an author and or composer is entitled to reclaim their masters, depending of course if a notice of termination was properly sent out two years prior to the effective termination date. 

This specific right only goes into effect after 35 years from the assignment date, however the latest a notice of termination can be sent is 33 years after the assignment date. Essentially this means for all master recordings released in 1987, the latest notice of termination can be sent in 2020

On behalf of the artists who've recently become eligible to request their master recordings , DJ RESOLUTION in collaboration with RESPECT MUSIC has published the mixtape "87' Boombox."  This mixtape is available to stream and download exclusively at DjResolution.com. 

With the release of "87' Boombox' , DJ Resolution hopes to inform and empower artists who may have otherwise been unaware of this reversion right.  Not only will this mixtape serve as a reminder of the classic material most of us grew up on, it will further allow fans to support their favorite artists as they begin to send their notice of terminations respectively.

LOVE LETTERS

DJ RESOLUTION

LOVE LETTERS

MIXTAPE BY DJ RESOLUTION

Love Letters by DJ Resolution is an R&B inspired mixtape from the esteemed Bay Area artist with decades of experience in Hip Hop, R&B and Top 40, both regional and international. This mixtape features familiar R&B samples from artists such as Aaliyah and Lauryn Hill and masterful mixing for a smooth sound with rap elements. Dj Resolution showcases her inspiration from retro hip-hop culture with a modern twist. Fans of unique melodies will enjoy the combination of original beats blended with the golden era of 90s and 2000s R&B. Love Letters is mood music that will get the crowd moving with soul. 

 

- Evangeline W.

The Reversion 94'

Artist Reversion Right 

Although Hip Hop is by far the youngest of all genres, since its inception it has been proven to be the most vocal and trendsetting over the years. Nevertheless even with numerous artists achieving success, it’s been limited to a market cap due to what ultimately comes down to ownership

It’s well understood that once an artist signs a recording contract, he or she assigns all rights pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 106 to that of the record label. The current statutory term or duration an assignee has for recordings made after 1978 is 35 years. In accordance with 17 U.S.C. § 203,  after 35 years an author and or composer is entitled to reclaim their masters, depending of course if a notice of termination was properly sent out two years prior to the effective termination date. 

This specific right only goes into effect after 35 years from the assignment date, however the earliest a notice of termination can be sent is 25 years after the assignment date. Essentially this means for all master recordings released in 1994, a notice of termination can be sent in 2019. 

On behalf of the artists who've recently become eligible to request their master recordings , DJ RESOLUTION has published the mixtape "The Reversion."  This mixtape is available to stream and download exclusively at DjResolution.com. 

With the release of The Reversion, DJ Resolution hopes to inform and empower artists who may have otherwise been unaware of this reversion right.  Not only will this mixtape serve as a reminder of the classic material most of us grew up on, it will further allow fans to support their favorite artists as they begin to send their notice of terminations respectively.

DJ RESOLUTION The 94' Reversion Mixtape

Your song is my song

DJ RESOLUTION

Your Song Is My Song

Artist Reversion Right

Under current copyright law, an author of an original work who transferred and or assigned their copyrights (17 U.S.C. § 106)  via recording agreements, are entitled to recapture those master recording copyrights in accord with the provisions of 17 U.S.C. § 304of the Copyright Act.  

This specific right only goes into effect after 56 years from the assignment date, however one important element in exercising this right is the notice of termination required to be sent at least two years prior to the termination date.   

For instance, any sound recording released in 1965, the deadline for the notice of termination is 2019; as that would be year 54 and two years until the effective termination date. 

Most are aware of the old idiom "if you snooze you lose".  In fact, it would be next to impossible to best accurately describe the ramifications for the lack of due diligence when it comes to reserving this important right. In the unfortunate event a notice of termination is not sent within the prescribed statutory period, music creators and the heirs to their estate will forfeit those rights forever.   

Furthermore on behalf of music creators who need to have a notice of termination sent before 2020;  YOUNG N RECKLESS MUSIC™, in collaboration with DJ Resolution  & RESPECT MUSIC,  have come together to publish this special playlist  "Your Song Is My Song. " 

Our main objective is to raise much needed awareness through our Respect Music campaign, so that we may induce Congress with the necessary legislation that drastically reduces the term in which an author can exercise their reversion right. We believe at the rate music is consumed in the digital age, 35 and or 56 years does not accurately reflect the time it takes to determine the fair market value of an author's intellectual property with respect to the return on investment.  

With this playlist and those to follow in the Respect Music series, we look forward to achieving the level of awareness that impact both artists and fans, especially the heir's of the music creators who've helped to create the soundtracks to our lives.