Copyrights and Divorce
When couples divide up community property during a divorce, usually only one person gets custody or ownership of an item. However, there are some assets that partners can still share even after a divorce. One of these pieces of property is a copyright. A copyright is a legal document granted to an individual or group who has created a piece of art. The copyright gives the creator the exclusive rights to copy, alter, or distribute the artistic work in whatever way he or she sees fit. This can apply to a number of different creative works including books, songs, and movies.
In the event of a divorce, dealing with the ownership and future of a copyright may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. To speak with an attorney about your legal options, contact the Denton divorce lawyers of Alexander & Associates at 972-420-6560 today and schedule a free consultation with a legal professional.
Dealing with Copyrights after Divorce
A copyright is valid for the life of the work’s creator, plus anywhere between 50 and 70 years – depending on the work. After a divorce, each individual will still have rights to the copyright, but things can get complicated if one of the creators dies.
In some cases, one ex-spouse will remarry and may leave his or her rights to the copyright to his or her new spouse. You and your former spouse should decide on the future of a copyright during divorce proceedings, and you will likely need the assistance of an experienced legal professional to do so.
If you are trying to plan for the future of a copyright, or if you have other divorce concerns, we are here to help. Contact the Denton divorce lawyers of Alexander & Associates at 972-420-6560 to learn more.
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