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"Yes, I'm Ready" to Sample
Highest Court S.D. New York
Year Ended 2007
Plaintiffs Mason, Barbara
Music Publisher(s)
Record Label(s)
Defendants Cam'ron
Diplomatic Man Music
Diplomats
Heatmakerz
Island Def Jam Music
Jones, Jim
Music Publisher(s)
Record Label(s)
Rock-A-Fella Records
Rsonist
Santana, Juelz
Thrilla
Universal Music
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Barbara Mason wrote the song "Yes, I'm Ready" in 1965 at the age of 17. Jamie Music Publishing, purporting to own the copyright, sued Cam'ron and assorted associated entities for infringing the composition. Mason intervened, arguing that she was the owner of the song, by virtue of her statutory renewal right, which she'd exercised (and registered). Even after the court allowed her intervention, JMP sought to deny her standing, since she'd recently transferred the copyrights to a third party. However, she remained a beneficial owner and therefore had standing. Then the court examined the songwriter agreement she signed as a minor, and reviewed the text of the various royalty payments she'd received from JMP over the years, and held that none of them constituted a writing sufficient to transfer either the original copyright or the renewal rights to this composition. The agreement contained no mention of the song and its reference to "Schedule B" was irrelevant, because there was no "Schedule B." Thus Mason was the owner, and the agreement between her and JMP was viewed as license, not an assignment. The lawsuit was set to continue, with the correct parties now in position. - LSW

Legal Issues
Civil Procedure Third Party Claims Intervention
Copyrights Infringement Sampling & Distribution/Dissemination
  Ownership Assignments, Licenses & Renewal Rights
    Declaratory Judgment
    Joint Authorship, Works-for-Hire & Derivative Creations
General Equitable Defenses Laches
    Unclean Hands


Opinions Mason v. Jamie Music Pub. Co.
658 F.Supp.2d 571
S.D. New York , September 16, 2009 ( No. 05 Civ. 9922(BSJ)(JCF) )


Jamie Music Publishing Co. v. Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC
2007 WL 1129333
S.D. New York , April 12, 2007 ( No. 05 Civ.9922 BSJ JCF )


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Related Searches Parties
Cam'ron ( Defendant )
Diplomatic Man Music ( Defendant )
Diplomats ( Defendant )
Heatmakerz ( Defendant )
Island Def Jam Music ( Defendant )
Jones, Jim ( Defendant )
Mason, Barbara ( Plaintiff )
Music Publisher(s) ( Plaintiff )
Music Publisher(s) ( Defendant )
Record Label(s) ( Plaintiff )
Record Label(s) ( Defendant )
Rock-A-Fella Records ( Defendant )
Rsonist ( Defendant )
Santana, Juelz ( Defendant )
Thrilla ( Defendant )
Universal Music ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Civil Procedure / Third Party Claims / Intervention
Copyrights / Infringement / Sampling & Distribution/Dissemination
Copyrights / Ownership / Assignments, Licenses & Renewal Rights
Copyrights / Ownership / Declaratory Judgment
Copyrights / Ownership / Joint Authorship, Works-for-Hire & Derivative Creations
General / Equitable Defenses / Laches
General / Equitable Defenses / Unclean Hands

Courts
S.D. New York (highest court)


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