Commentary

111 Prospective ownership of copyright

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY vol 21(2) copyright
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111 Prospective ownership of copyright

| Commentary

111 Prospective ownership of copyright

The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 permits (as did the Copyright Act 1956) the prospective owner of the copyright in a work to assign (wholly or partially) the future copyright1 in the work. If, when the copyright work comes into existence, the assignee (or anyone claiming under him) would be entitled as against all other persons to require the copyright to be vested in him2, then the copyright will automatically vest in the assignee or his successor in title3. It appears that an assignment of future copyright, unlike an assignment of existing copyright, must

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