Transfer of Copyright Ownership Law and Legal Definition

A "transfer of copyright ownership" is defined as "an assignment . . . exclusive license, or any other conveyance of a copyright or of any of the exclusive rights comprised in a copyright. A transfer of copyright ownership, however, is not valid unless an instrument of conveyance, or a note or memorandum of the transfer, is in writing and signed by the owner of the rights conveyed or such owner's duly authorized agent." Weinstein Co. v. Smokewood Entm't Group, LLC, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88682 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 24, 2009)