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Copyright and Marriage Equality Act

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Official Title as Introduced

To amend title 17, United States Code, with respect to the definition of "widow" and "widower", and for other purposes.


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Date
01/09/2015Introduced in House

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Date
02/02/2015Referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
01/09/2015Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Action By: House of Representatives
01/09/2015Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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House Judiciary01/09/2015 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet02/02/2015 Referred to

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Introduced in House (01/09/2015)

Copyright and Marriage Equality Act

Amends federal copyright law to revise the definition of "widow" or "widower" for purposes of provisions concerning the transfer of a copyright to an author's spouse or other next of kin following the author's death. Declares that an individual is the widow or widower of an author if the courts of the state in which the individual and the author were married (or, if the individual and the author were not married in any state but were validly married in another jurisdiction, the courts of any state) would find that the individual and the author were validly married at the time of the author's death. (Currently, only the author's surviving spouse under the law of the author's domicile at the time of death is considered a widow.)