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They Fought the Law, and They Won!
Highest Court Supreme Court of Washington
Year Ended 1994
Plaintiffs A&M Records
Alice in Chains
Atlantic Records
Bertelsman Music Group (BMG)
Capitol-EMI Music
Criminal Nation
Elektra Records
EMI Records
Estrus Records
Geffen Records
GRP Records
Island Records
MCA Records
Music Distributor(s)
Pearl Jam
Polygram Records
Priority Records
Record Label(s)
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
Schuur, Diane
Seven Year Bitch
Sir Mix-A-Lot
Sire Records
Sony Music
Sub Pop Records
Tower Records
Warner Bros. Records
Defendants County Entity and/or Official(s)
State Entity and/or Official(s)
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Soundgarden, as well as numerous other musicians and record labels, sought to declare a state obscenity statute regarding "erotic sound recordings" constitutionally void on its face, since it interfered with the artists' ability to freely express themselves, access their ideas, and manage their business . Ruling in favor of Soundgarden, the Supreme Court of Washington held that the statute was a prior restraint on the artists' protected speech, that the statute was overbroad since it reached constitutionally protected conduct, and that the statute violated due process. Judgment for Soundgarden. - SKR

Legal Issues
Constitutional Law First Amendment Free Exercise & Association
    Obscenity & Indecency
  Fourteenth Amendment Due Process
  General Overbreadth & Vagueness
  State Constitution/Statute Trial by Jury

Opinions Soundgarden v. Eikenberry
871 P.2d 1050
Supreme Court of Washington , April 14, 1994 ( Nos. 59947-5, 60093-7 )

Soundgarden v. Eikenberry
21 Media L. Rep. 1025 / 1992 WL 486597
Superior Court of Washington , November 20, 1992 ( No. 92-2-14258-9 )

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A&M Records ( Plaintiff )
Alice in Chains ( Plaintiff )
Artist(s) ( Plaintiff )
Atlantic Records ( Plaintiff )
Bertelsman Music Group (BMG) ( Plaintiff )
Capitol-EMI Music ( Plaintiff )
County Entity and/or Official(s) ( Defendant )
Criminal Nation ( Plaintiff )
Elektra Records ( Plaintiff )
EMI Records ( Plaintiff )
Estrus Records ( Plaintiff )
Geffen Records ( Plaintiff )
GRP Records ( Plaintiff )
Heart ( Plaintiff )
Island Records ( Plaintiff )
MCA Records ( Plaintiff )
Music Distributor(s) ( Plaintiff )
Nirvana ( Plaintiff )
Pearl Jam ( Plaintiff )
Polygram Records ( Plaintiff )
Priority Records ( Plaintiff )
Queensryche ( Plaintiff )
Record Label(s) ( Plaintiff )
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) ( Plaintiff )
Schuur, Diane ( Plaintiff )
Seven Year Bitch ( Plaintiff )
Sir Mix-A-Lot ( Plaintiff )
Sire Records ( Plaintiff )
Sony Music ( Plaintiff )
Soundgarden ( Plaintiff )
State Entity and/or Official(s) ( Defendant )
Sub Pop Records ( Plaintiff )
Tower Records ( Plaintiff )
Warner Bros. Records ( Plaintiff )

Legal Issues
Constitutional Law / First Amendment / Free Exercise & Association
Constitutional Law / First Amendment / Obscenity & Indecency
Constitutional Law / Fourteenth Amendment / Due Process
Constitutional Law / General / Overbreadth & Vagueness
Constitutional Law / State Constitution/Statute / Trial by Jury

Supreme Court of Washington (highest court)
Superior Court of Washington

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