Five Artists File Two Class-Action Lawsuits Against Sony Music and UMG

Will Sony Music and Universal Music Group settle for returning copyrights to artists?  If so, will they face much more lawsuits?

Two main labels have now come below hearth in a New York courtroom.

Five musicians have filed two separate class-action lawsuits towards Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group (UMG) on the US District Court within the Southern District of New York.

The New York Dolls’ David Johansen together with John Lyon and Paul Collins filed the lawsuit towards Sony.  John Waite and Joe Ely took UMG to court docket.

According to each lawsuits, Sony and UMG have violated Section 203 of the Copyright Act, higher often known as the ’35-Year-Law.’  The termination regulation states creators who assign their copyright to an organization or particular person have the appropriate to reclaim their rights after 35 years.

In violation of that regulation, enacted in 1976, each main labels have allegedly refused to acknowledge Notices of Termination despatched by the artists.

Evan S. Cohen, an LA music legal professional representing the artists, defined,

Our copyright regulation gives recording artists and songwriters with a invaluable, once-in-a-lifetime likelihood to terminate outdated offers and regain their artistic works after 35 years.  This ‘second likelihood’ has all the time been part of our copyright regulation.

“Sony and UMG have refused to acknowledge the validity of any of the Notices, and have utterly disregarded the artists’ possession rights by persevering with to take advantage of these recordings and infringing upon our purchasers’ copyrights.

“This habits should cease.  The authorized points in these class motion fits have by no means been determined by a court docket, and are of paramount significance to the music business.”

He additionally represents over 100 recording artists to have despatched main labels related Notices of Termination.

In addition, Maryann R. Marzano, the LA legal professional who efficiently introduced class-action lawsuits towards SiriusXM and Spotify, represents the artists. In addition, Blank Rome LLP’s Gregory M. Bordo, David C. Kistler, and David M. Perry may also characterize the artists towards the key labels.

You can view the lawsuits beneath.


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