On August 20, 2018, McKool Smith secured a significant victory before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, reversing a lower court’s decision, and allowing a group of plaintiffs led by ABS Entertainment to proceed with a class action lawsuit. The plaintiffs sought royalty payments from CBS Corporation for radio broadcasts involving pre-1972 musical recordings, including works from music legends such as Al Green, Jackie Wilson, and The Everly Brothers, among others.
Click below to read more about the decision:
Remastering Oldie Record Doesn’t Make It New, Court Rules (Bloomberg Law)
- 9th Circ. Revives Case Against CBS Over Pre-1972 Songs (Law360)
Appeals Court Revives Lawsuit Against CBS Over Pre-1972 Recordings (Hollywood Reporter)
U.S. Appeals Court Revives Case Against CBS Over Pre-1972 Recordings (Reuters)
- Ninth Circuit Remands Golden Oldies Copyright Case (AmLaw Litigation Daily)
- Ninth Circuit Says Remastered Songs Not Original in Win for Pre-1972 Artists (The Recorder)