US copyright termination notices 1977–2020: introducing new datasets

Joshua Yuvaraj, Rebecca Giblin, Daniel Russo-Batterham, Genevieve Grant

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This work was undertaken in collaboration with the Melbourne Data Analytics Platform (specifically Mr Geordie Zhang and Dr Daniel Russo-Batterham) and has been supported by funding from the Australian Research Council (FT170100011), an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, and Monash University. This work formed part of the first author's PhD thesis at Monash University. Open access publishing facilitated by Monash University, as part of the Wiley - Monash University agreement via the Council of Australian University Librarians. Research into termination notice records has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (Project ID: 23026). The authors acknowledge the assistance of the following individuals with this article: Professor Robert Brauneis (The George Washington University Law School) and Professor Dotan Oliar (University of Virginia School of Law) for providing their data from a previous paper and feedback, Associate Professor Sue Finch from the University of Melbourne's Statistical Consulting Centre for her input on an earlier draft of the method and results, Brianna Schofield (Authors Alliance) and Regan Smith (then-General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights, U.S. Copyright Office) for their input on copyright registrations and the Copyright Office Catalog, respectively, and John Jacob and Brad Williams for assisting with early coding of some data. We also acknowledge Professor R. Anthony Reese's (as yet unpublished) analysis of full termination notices obtained from the Copyright Office in Washington, DC, and anticipate that our research will complement that analysis when it is published. Furthermore, we thank the anonymous peer reviewers for their helpful comments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-292
Number of pages43
JournalJournal of Empirical Legal Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


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