Ninth Circuit Finds No “Public Performance Rights” For Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

Ninth Circuit Finds No “Public Performance Rights” For Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

By Steven T. Lowe / November 16, 2021

On August 23rd, 2021, the Ninth Circuit reversed a District Court ruling in a dispute between Sirius XM and founders of The Turtles, Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman (“Flo & Eddie”), that has been brewing for years.  In 2013, Flo & Eddie sued Sirius XM for copyright infringement on the grounds that Sirius XM “publicly…

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Disney Seeks to Dismiss ‘Muppet Babies’ Reboot Suit

By Steven T. Lowe / May 21, 2021

On January 27, 2021, the Walt Disney Company filed a motion to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by television writer Jeffrey Scott in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  According to the complaint, Disney “interpolated” the ideas Scott shared with them from his 1984 “Muppet Babies” production bible for their…

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