Sony Can’t Defeat Claims Over Musicians’ Copyright Termination

April 1, 2020, 8:19 PM

Sony Music Entertainment Inc. must face claims based on its refusal to recognize the alleged termination of some of its copyrights by a group of musicians, a Manhattan federal court said.

The court Tuesday rejected Sony’s attempt to dismiss the case based on asserted deficiencies in the artists’ notices of termination.

David Johansen, John Lyon a.k.a. Southside Johnny, and Paul Collins sent notices under the Copyright Act of 1976 terminating Sony Music’s copyrights in songs they recorded in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Sony refused, arguing that the recordings were “works made for hire,” that the copyrights belonged to ...

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