• DOMA Decision Impacts Statutory Succession Rights to Literary and Artistic Works
  • July 19, 2013
  • Law Firm: Phillips Nizer LLP - New York Office
  • The Supreme Court requiring the Federal government to give married same sex couples the same rights as enjoyed by heterosexual married couples under Federal Law, so long as the laws of their state legally recognize the marriage, will have an immediate and direct effect on ownership of artistic and literary property protected by copyright. Copyright protects the property rights of writers, artists, photographers, graphic designers, songwriters, choreographers, architects and certain performers and filmmakers in their creative works. The protection continues for an additional seventy years following the death of the creator, for works created since 1978, or for 95 years after the copyrights was secured for works created after 1923 and before 1978.