Overview of the Tool
Sections of the Tool
Other Helpers

Legal Concepts

agreement or transfer
author or artist
author's family or representative
copyright registration number
creation date
creative work
notice window
original grantee
participating law clinics
publication date
type of work

Overview of the Tool

This tool is designed to gather some initial information from you and to determine, based on that information, whether you may be eligible to terminate an agreement or transfer and if so, whether your "notice window" is currently open.

Below is an overview of the questions that are asked as you complete the tool and an outline of the kinds of information you will need to have to hand in order to complete the tool. Don't worry if you start working your way through the tool and then find that you don't have all of the information available with you right now; the tool does not record your responses from one session to the next session, so you can stop at any time and start again. It should take about 25 minutes to complete the tool once you have all the relevant information.

If you are unsure about something the tool requires, try to answer it as best and as accurately you can, giving as much information as you can so that this information can be assessed by a lawyer who you consult with this information or by a participating law clinic. We have tried to phrase the questions as straightforwardly as possible. We have also provided links connected to some of the more complex terms or terms with legal meanings, in an effort to help you better understand the nature of the information the question is seeking and, thus, to enable you to hopefully better answer the questions.

If you work through the tool and, based on the information you provide, it seems that you are not currently eligible to terminate an agreement in relation to a copyrighted work, do not be disheartened. It may be that you entered some of the information in incorrectly and/or that you need some advice and assistance to correctly interpret and/or respond to the questions.

If you work through the tool and it says that you cannot currently activate your termination right but that you may be able to do so in future, feel free to try the tool again at that future date or to otherwise investigate your termination options now or later. Changes in your circumstances over time can change what your termination options are so the results of this tool will not hold true over time. At any future date, you should complete the tool again entering in the new and then current information and/or seek new advice and assistance based on the then current information.

The tool is divided into the following sections & these require the following pieces of information:

Section 1 - What can be terminated?

Information required to complete this section:

Section 2 - When can the agreement or transfer be terminated?

Information required to complete this section:
  • When the work was created
  • When the work was published
  • When the work was transferred or sold

Section 3 - Tell us about the work

Information that can be input into this section:

Section 4 - Who executed the agreement or transfer?

Information required to complete this section:

To assist you in understanding some of the more complex terms used in this tool, we have also prepared a glossary.

We have also compiled some hints and tips about where you may be able to find this information here.