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Erre XI vs. Luny and Yankee
Highest Court D. Massachusetts
Year Ended 2011
Plaintiffs Artist(s)
Music Producer(s)
Songwriter(s)
Defendants Daddy Yankee
El Cartel Records
LT's Benjamin Records
Luny Tunes
Music Publisher(s)
Record Label(s)
Universal Music Group
Other Erre XI
Short Description Plaintiffs are a group a songwriters and producers who were, in various ways, involved in the songwriting or production of the album, "Luny Tunes Presents: Erre XI," which was an album, released by reggaeton production duo Luny Tunes, featuring a musical duo called Erre XI, which was assembled by Luny Tunes. Plaintiffs, based in Springfield, MA, were tapped by Luny Tunes to participate in the album's creation, and were flown to Puerto Rico to embark on the creative process. Plaintiffs allege that their work was not only central to the Erre XI album, but also an album by Daddy Yankee, and that, not only were they not paid appropriate royalties, but their work was falsely attributed to Yankee and Tunes. Plaintiffs alleged multiple causes of action against multiple defendants, including copyright infringement and vicarious infringement, infliction of emotional distress, and breach of contract. In this opinion, the court denied Universal's motion to dismiss the emotional distress, vicarious infringement, and breach of contract claims, finding Plaintiffs' claims sufficient to require additional fact-finding. However, Daddy Yankee, and his associated parties, were held not to be within the personal jurisdiction of the court (specific or general), which refused to "pierce the corporate veil" and find Yankee's corporate activities were attributable to Yankee personally. - LSW

Legal Issues
Business Associations Corporations Director & Shareholder Liability
Conflicts of Law Jurisdiction & Forum Personal Jurisdiction
    Venue
Contracts Breach Payment & Performance
Copyrights Infringement Inducement & Contributory/Vicarious Liability
    Reproduction & Distribution/Dissemination
Torts Intentional Torts Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
  Negligence Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress


Opinions Alicea v. LT's Benjamin Records
2011 WL 208309
D. Massachusetts , January 11, 2011 ( C.A. No. 10_cv_30002_MAP )


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Related Searches Parties
Artist(s) ( Plaintiff )
Daddy Yankee ( Defendant )
El Cartel Records ( Defendant )
Erre XI ( Other )
LT's Benjamin Records ( Defendant )
Luny Tunes ( Defendant )
Music Producer(s) ( Plaintiff )
Music Publisher(s) ( Defendant )
Record Label(s) ( Defendant )
Songwriter(s) ( Plaintiff )
Universal Music Group ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Business Associations / Corporations / Director & Shareholder Liability
Conflicts of Law / Jurisdiction & Forum / Personal Jurisdiction
Conflicts of Law / Jurisdiction & Forum / Venue
Contracts / Breach / Payment & Performance
Copyrights / Infringement / Inducement & Contributory/Vicarious Liability
Copyrights / Infringement / Reproduction & Distribution/Dissemination
Torts / Intentional Torts / Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
Torts / Negligence / Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress

Courts
D. Massachusetts (highest court)


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