Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images Name: Teri Hatcher Profession: Actor Instagram: @officialterihatcher Secretly—or not secretly at all—we hope Teri Hatcher is just breaking hearts of 20-somethings everywhere.The Right to Terminate: a Musicians’ Guide to Copyright Reversion[i] Unlike most countries, the United States copyright law provides musicians and songwriters an opportunity to regain ownership of works that they transferred to outside entities, such as record labels and music publishers.Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images Name: Rivers Cuomo Profession: Musician (Weezer)Instagram: @rivers_cuomo We mean, what could be a better tagline?Raya, the dating app used by the lead singer of Weezer.Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images Name: Avicii (aka Tim Bergling)Profession: Producer, DJInstagram: @avicii There are actually loads of DJs, but this one we have heard of, and also, he is a totally babely babe. Rodriguez/Getty Images Name: Sharon Stone Profession: Actor Instagram: @sharonstone Next time your parents suggest that Internet dating is ruining romance, point out that if it is good enough for Sharon Stone, then it is good enough for us silly plebes.Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images Name: Ruby Rose Profession: Actor, Model Instagram: @rubyrose Ruby Rose is human catnip, and if you were a dating app, your entire marketing strategy should be: 1.) Get Ruby Rose on app 2.) ??? Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images Name: Diplo (Thomas Wesley Pentz)Profession: Producer, Musician, DJInstagram: @diplo Guys, in general, are super intimidated by Diplo—not only because he’s good-looking, but he is also the coolest dude in the room. Brown/Getty Images Name: Joe Jonas Profession: Musician Instagram: @joejonas True fact: We will follow Joe Jonas anywhere, even to the bottom of a boiling hot volcano filled with booger juice. We would, but please don’t make us.)Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images Name: Alexander Wang Profession: Fashion Designer Instagram: @alexanderwangny Being swiped right on by Alexander Wang is the dating version of winning the freaking lottery.There are surely new platforms for music that have yet to arrive, so it is important that artists have the ability to directly participate in revenue streams generated by potential new uses.Section 203 of the Copyright Act permits authors (songwriters and recording artists) to terminate deals that they made transferring or licensing their copyrights after 35 years.
In fact, we’re being a little bit naughty by just writing about it. Who knows, celebrities are mysterious creatures, like cats... (Note: No famous cats, thus far, on Raya.)Now, there are regular citizens on Raya, so there is hope for all of us.The word has only leaked here and there, but as you read this, the likelihood is quite high that anyone associated with NYLON who has a Raya account is probably getting flayed by folks in black trench coats. However, the approval process is not exactly clear-cut.Do not worry: The so-called Tinder for Illuminati has built its cache by flying under the radar. )Here’s what we know: The app has been around for over a year—and though it bills itself as a connector for “creative types,” it mostly has very beautiful folks with 5,000-plus Instagram followers. From what we can glean, you need to meet at least four out of the five following criteria in order to be accepted: Fortunately, a few of us have been blessed to have encountered some of these denizens of Raya (or, hey, maybe even got accepted to Raya ourselves, though rule number one prevents us from actually admitting that), and after being slightly starstruck by the company, we started compiling a list of famous people that popped up.Creators may also choose to re-transfer their copyright(s) under more favorable licensing terms.Consider also that changes in the marketplace can increase the range of potential uses for a piece of music, which may not have existed at the time of its creation.Raya is like the hipster, DJ-infested version of Fight Club.The first rule of Raya: You do not talk about Raya.Congress established this “second bite at the apple” for authors of creative works after a period of 35 years.“Termination of transfer” is not automatic, however, and there are certain steps creators must take to regain the rights to their works.Songwriters often enter agreements with publishers to “grant” their songwriting copyrights in exchange for up-front payment and/or the promise of circulation in the marketplace.Musicians (and bands) transfer their sound recordings to labels for similar reasons, including distribution, promotion and marketing.