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Songwriter: "Dame Mi Gasolina!"
Highest Court E.D. Louisiana
Year Ended 2010
Plaintiffs Songwriter(s)
Defendants Daddy Yankee
Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records
Music Manufacturer(s)
Music Publisher(s)
Record Label(s)
Universal Music Group
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description As commonly occurs, Plaintiff, an unknown songwriter, sued Defendant, a well-known music star, for copyright infringement of Plaintiff's song, although the only noticeable similarity between the two tunes was the name. Defendants include Daddy Yankee, the godfather of reggaeton and author of the song "Gasolina," and the various record labels and music companies associated with the song's release. Plaintiff is a New Orleans-based songwriter who wrote a song with the same name that sold less than 2,000 copies and received limited airplay on a local radio station. Further, Plaintiff alleged he gave a copy of the CD to a Cuban group called Maraca, which is influential in New York and Puerto Rico, where Yankee is well-known. The court found that Plaintiff's allegations did not adequately indicate Yankee had "access" to the work, and, further, than the songs were not substantially similar, other than the name, which was not copyrightable. Defendant's summary judgment was granted. - LSW

Legal Issues
Copyrights Infringement Copying & Distribution/Dissemination


Opinions Mills v. Ayala
2009 Copr.L.Dec. P 29,885 / 2010 WL 420556
E.D. Louisiana ( Civil Action No. 08-5168 )


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Related Searches Parties
Daddy Yankee ( Defendant )
Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records ( Defendant )
Music Manufacturer(s) ( Defendant )
Music Publisher(s) ( Defendant )
Record Label(s) ( Defendant )
Songwriter(s) ( Plaintiff )
Universal Music Group ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Copyrights / Infringement / Copying & Distribution/Dissemination

Courts
E.D. Louisiana (highest court)


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