Legacyworks Reunites Songs With Heirs

Legacyworks LLC reports it has successfully reclaimed deceased songwriter Tommy Durden’s ownership of “Heartbreak Hotel” and in the next few months it will be returned to the writer’s heirs. Copyright grant termination was filed by Legacyworks in 2005 on behalf of Durden’s daughter. Later this year the company will also see songwriter Richard Dehr’s copyright interest for “Memories Are Made of This” returned to his children. Legacyworks also recently returned worldwide copyright ownership for two songs recorded by Elvis Presley to songwriter Beverly Ross and her co-writers.

Copyright grant termination is here, it’s a new reality, and the increased royalty stream is going to be very rewarding to the beneficiaries for decades to come,” states Lewis Anderson of Legacyworks, also a well known songwriter. “These heirs have elected to set up their own publishing companies and use major publishers for administration.”

Legacyworks was formed in 2004 to provide services in catalog research and professional songwriter advocacy.

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