Can a personal lien be placed on intellectual property such as a song copyright?

Asked on March 17, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Massachusetts


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Given the proper circumstances, a judgment creditor can lien a judgment debtor's intellectual property rights owned in a copyrighted song or piece of literature where any royalties would then be subject to the levy by the judgment creditor.

Most states have statutes allowing for the levy by a judgment creditor on a judgment debtor's personal property such as the item that you have written about. For more assistance, I suggest that you consult with an attorney that practices in the area of collection law.

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