Like any other property, all or part of the legal rights in a copyrighted work may be transferred, assigned or licensed by the owner to another.
- A transfer of any of the exclusive rights must be in writing and signed by the copyright owner.
- A copyright may be conveyed by contract or by operation of law and may be transferred by will, inheritance or the laws of intestate succession.
Because copyrights are personal property, transfers are generally regulated by the various laws that govern inheritance, contracts, and other conveyances or transfers of property.
Recording a Transfer
A transfer of copyright may be recorded in the U.S Copyright Office and becomes part of the public record.