escheat of a copyright

From: Gregg L. Jansen/DELCO <GLJANSEN[_at_]>
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 1996 12:16:17 +0000


I am researching problems in copyright ownership for a paper I am writing. I am interested in cases where the trail of ownership vanishes. Particularly, I am interested in what happens to a copyright in such instances. One area that I have been unable to find any leads is when the owner of a copyright dies without heirs. It seems clear to me that his property, including the copyright, would escheat to his state of residence. But what is the disposition of it after that point? Specifically, would the state in question be able to license/sell it, or would the copyright become public domain? I have been unable to find anything on this point, and I would appreciate any opinions or information provided by list members. Thank you.

Gregg Jansen
gljansen[_at_] Received on Tue Sep 10 1996 - 22:43:39 GMT

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