The Forgotten Asset: Copyright Law for Estate Planners

What is a copyright? Who owns the copyright? What happens to the copyright when the copyright-holder passes away?

This presentation is designed for estate planners covering:

  • How copyright law permits heirs to reclaim ownership of rights in works sold to third parties
  • The importance of tracking copyright termination rights through the generations
  • How community property laws intersect with copyright law

The speaker will present interesting case studies of high profile musicians and authors’ estates. The program is being hosted by the Bar Association of San Francisco and lunch will be provided by First Republic Bank


Dawn Newton helps clients safeguard and preserve their intellectual property, such as creating and registering new marks and expanding marks internationally, advising on issues raised by new forms of media, and developing strategies to protect and enhance intellectual property. In addition to her intellectual property practice, Dawn is a certified specialist in Franchise & Distribution Law by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization.

Continuing Education

One hour of MCLE credit will be provided by BASF.


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