Termination Rights and the Stormy Daniels Lawsuit

The Stormy Daniels v. Donald Trump lawsuit consists of an attention-grabbing copyright angle.  [Read the Complaint].  At its main, the so-named “hush agreement” necessitates Daniels to preserve secret “all intangible non-public info . . . relating to any of [Donald Trump’s] alleged sexual partners, alleged sexual actions or alleged sexual conduct” and also turn around any “tangible materials” that contain related info or other actual physical particular home.

The agreement also consists of a copyright transfer – so that any related copyright to works made by Daniels will transfer to Trump.  The clawback or “termination rights” less than Portion 203 make a long-lasting transfer a little bit tough.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, if any of the rights herein granted are issue to termination less than segment 203 . . . [Daniels] hereby agrees to re-grant these rights to [Trump] immediately upon these termination.

Portion 3.2 of the Agreement.

Termination Rights: For individuals not training copyright law, the statute gives termination rights that permits authors or their heirs to terminate copyright assignments and licenses 35-40 yrs soon after execution of the transfer (notice of termination ought to to be supplied previously).

The provision in the Agreement purports to skirt about the termination right by demanding a re-granting.  However, I wouldn’t assume this do the job-about would be effective given that 203(a)(5) states that “Termination of the grant may possibly be effected notwithstanding any agreement to the opposite, which includes an agreement to . . . make any upcoming grant,” adopted by 203(b)(4) which evidently states an “agreement to make a further more grant, of any right lined by a terminated grant is valid only if it is created soon after the effective day [or at least service of the notice] of the termination.”  The Agreement does contain a severability clause – the reality that some provisions are unenforceable “shall not impact the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions.”

* Thanks to Prof. Sean O’Connor for highlighting this concern for me.


Dennis Crouch

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