As many people divorced in Missouri may know, settling marital property during a divorce is not always the easiest process. Some couples simply decide to split everything 50-50, but for many it is not that simple. Furthermore, a prolonged dispute can be frustrating when all both parties want is a clean break and a fresh start. Intellectual property in particular can be a complicated issue when it comes to divorce settlement, as singer Smokey Robinson has found recently.
Although the singer divorced his ex-wife almost 30 years ago, matters of her entitlements came into dispute again recently. Initially, she was awarded a 50 percent interest in the singer’s musical compositions, which means she gets half of the singer’s earnings from that music. However, the singer recently attempted to terminate that right.
According to the 1976 Copyright Act, the 74-year-old singer believes he should be able to terminate copyright assignments as he was the sole author of the compositions and a designated amount of time has passed. However, his ex-wife’s legal team has contested that this does not apply, and he cannot remove his ex’s entitlements. In light of the dispute, the singer’s ex is hoping to have the matter determined by a jury.
High profile disputes like this often capture the attention of the media and can serve as an example to couples in Missouri. It is essential to ensure that loose ends are tied up during your divorce proceedings in order to avoid disputes like this. Unfortunately, however, sometimes it is unavoidable, so it is also important to know your rights and be prepared to fight for your assets. An attorney may be able to help you pursue a settlement that is fair and favorable for all concerned.
Source: Madame Noire, “SMOKEY ROBINSON STILL FIGHTING WITH EX-WIFE IN COURT NEARLY 30 YEARS AFTER DIVORCE,” Jazmine Denise Rogers, May 13, 2014