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Disney Wins ‘Jungle Book’ Spat Over ‘Bare Necessities’ Royalties

July 21, 2021, 9:16 PM

Disney Enterprises, Inc. doesn’t owe royalties to the family of the songwriter who composed music for the 1967 animated film “The Jungle Book,” a California appellate court said Wednesday, reversing an award of more than a million dollars for the use of the songs in home entertainment releases.

The adult children of Terry Gilkyson sued Disney in Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2013, alleging the company, and its music publishing subsidiary, Wonderland Music Co. Inc., breached an obligation to pay them royalties in connection with the use of “The Bare Necessities,” a song written by Gilkyson, on home entertainment ...

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