Copyright Transfer Agreement Law
Permission to copy, display and distribute the work is necessary to enable publishers to act as such, and publication agreements on a large number of publishers contain such provisions.   The scope of copyright transfer agreements can go far beyond and “publishers require that copyright be transferred to them to the greatest extent possible.”  This means that no one, including authors, texts, tables or illustrations, can reuse in other publications without first obtaining permission from the new copyright owner.  In some countries, the transfer of copyright is not permitted by law and only a license is possible.  In some countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom, copyright transfer agreements must normally be in writing and signed by the person transferring the copyright. In many countries, when a worker is hired to create a copyrighted work for an employer, that employer is by default the copyright owner, so no copyright transfer agreement is required. In many countries that recognize copyright, these rights cannot be transferred and copyright transfer agreements only confer economic rights.  Think about how a copyright could become confusing if many more parties were involved in a large number of licenses and if transfers of certain copyrights to a single work were contractual. The transfer of copyright can become extremely complex. For example, the copyright treaty must contain the following essential conditions: Copyright seems simple at first glance, but if the different rights conferred by copyright are assigned individually instead of the whole, the support of an experienced intellectual property lawyer is needed. . . .