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My understanding is that, since I started my writing during the marriage, the content is a "marital asset" whose value is to be split in some manner in the settlement. However, I can't find anything which awards any some sort of "joint" ownership of my copyright (which has been registered since 2003).
With the understanding that people here aren't lawyers, I am interested in hearing from anybody that has any experience or informed opinions in this area.
he might depending on settlement ( your juristiction et al ) be able to claim a percentage of monies that you receive(d) due to your writings ..
however he cannot assign your copyright and has no say in what you do with it ..
means you could give a way some things and he'd get squat out of it ..nor could he stop you ..
or you could sell it for peanuts ..and he'd get a percentage of a peanut ..;) maybe ..if he were lucky
then you could write new stuff ( based on your old stuff ) and he'd get squat ..
Does Y have a basis for asserting a claim to a share of the royalties?
I'm gonna suggest that in at least 1 jurisdiction chances are X AND Y share in those future royalties, based upon the equitable notion that that which is created during the tenure of the marriage - such as a business or an income stream - is subject to equitable distribution.
Equity looks at many factors but chances are pretty good that "if it has value and was acquired/produced during the marriage" it will be valued and distributed.
So, it's not quite a "joint copyright" as it is a right to share in the profits or royalties derived from copy writing that took place during the marriage. You may hold the copyright, just like "X" may "own" or be the "inventor" of the patented product, but that isn't where the equitable distribution discussion and/or equation ends.
Hopefully, unlike the unkind inventor X, some of your best - and most profitable - work lies ahead of you. ;0)