Joint or Co-Ownership in Copyright and Protecting IP Rights: Assignment, Licensing, Transfer, and Standing to Sue

A live 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, July 30, 2021

or call 1-800-926-7926

This CLE webinar will examine co-ownership of a copyright, discuss the impact of recent federal appellate court decisions, and offer best practices to protect ownership rights.


Whether under new technologies which facilitate collaboration in creating works or more traditional collaborative efforts, such as screenplays which are often the work of many writers, it can be challenging to determine who holds what rights and to identify the proper copyright claimant.

The matter can become even more complicated when dealing with works made for hire since the test applied to determine when a work made by a non-employee is a work for hire is very different under the 1909 and 1976 Acts. And on top of all this, the current copyright registration and recordation scheme makes it difficult to track the chain of title for many works.

Often even the most important works are created without clear documentation. Because the law on copyright ownership is complex and often non-intuitive, many assumptions by persons outside the copyright bar are wrong.

Issues with copyright ownership can lead to even larger problems. Joint copyright owners are each authorized to license the work as they deem fit. Copyright ownership also impacts standing to sue and many other areas.

Listen as our authoritative panel of IP attorneys addresses how to avoid these issues. The panel will then explore recent case law addressing how ownership vests and what rights flow from that ownership. The panel will examine the creative ways to use copyright licensing and provide best practice tips for copyright due diligence.



  1. Vesting of copyright
    1. Sufficiency of authorship
    2. Work for hire
  2. Co-ownership in copyright
    1. Assignment and transfer rights
    2. Rights and duties of co-owners
    3. Disputes between co-owners
    4. Standing to sue for infringement
  3. Searching for copyright records
  4. Copyright Act and court treatment
    1. Copyright Act
    2. Recent decisions
  5. Best practices


The panel will review these and other relevant questions:

  • What happens when a subdivided interest in a copyright is itself co-owned?
  • What rights does each co-owner have in the copyright?
  • What steps should counsel and copyright owners take to protect the copyright interest?


Doniger, Stephen
Stephen M. Doniger, Esq.

Doniger / Burroughs

Over the past five years, Mr. Doniger has handled more copyright cases than any other attorney in the U.S. and has...  |  Read More

Friedberg, Randy
Randy M. Friedberg

White and Williams

Mr. Friedberg has over 30 years of experience in counseling clients, with particular focus on the protection, licensing...  |  Read More

Sholder, Scott
Scott J. Sholder

Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard

Mr. Sholder’s practice focuses on litigation, counseling, and dispute resolution in entertainment, media and...  |  Read More

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