Four children of the deceased gospel music composer and publisher Albert Brumley successfully terminated Brumley’s assignment of the copyright to the song “I’ll Fly Away” to their brother, Robert, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has held (Brumley v. Albert E. Brumley & Sons, Inc., May 16, 2016, Sutton, J.). The Copyright Act allowed songwriters, or their descendants, to terminate the songwriter’s assignment of a copyright to another party, and the four terminating siblings complied with the Act’s requirements to exercise this right.

A full summary of this case has been published on Kluwer IP Law.


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