Can assignments and licenses of copyrights be limited in terms of time, geography, or type of use?

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Can assignments and licenses of copyrights be limited in terms of time, geography, or type of use?

Yes. If you own a copyright you can limit the time, scope, sphere, and nature of any assignments you make.

You may impose time limits (for example, “until December 31, 2009”), or territorial limits (for example, “in Canada, in the United States west of the Mississippi only and in Japan”), or media limits (such as “print only” or “electronically on the Web only”), and so forth.

If you require or accept use limitations, make sure that they are reviewed by an experienced intellectual property lawyer and very clearly defined.

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