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George Clinton's Publisher's War (I)
Highest Court Sixth Circuit
Year Ended 2004
Plaintiffs Bridgeport Music
Southfield Music
Defendants Individual(s)
Music Publisher(s)
No Limit Records
Record Label(s)
Other Clinton, George
Master P
P-Funk Allstars
Tru
Short Description Bridgeport Music, Inc. (not to be confused with BROADCAST Music, Inc.), the publishing company owning George Clinton's extensive catalog, which has been sampled numerous times, sued No Limit and various publishers, producers, and record labels for the their involvement in a Master P/Tru song, called "3 Strikes," which incorporated Clinton's "Atomic Dog." Parties had reached a prior agreement allowing Defendants to use the sample, but sued when royalty payments were less than anticipated. Some defendants were dismissed for lack of jurisdiction, and remaining Defendants argued that Plaintiff's actions were time-barred by the statute of limitations, which the court initially found to be the case, at least regarding infringements prior to the most recent three-year period. This holding was affirmed on appeal. Furthermore, Defendants were allowed to contest the validity of Plaintiff's copyright ownership, which they achieved by chain of transfer from Clinton and his original publishers, and the court held that prior Florida and New York decisions upholding the transfers did not collaterally estop Defendants from challenging their validity. - LSW

Legal Issues
Contracts Breach Payment & Performance
Copyrights Infringement Sampling & Distribution/Dissemination
General Affirmative Defenses Statutes of Limitation


Opinions Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Boutit, Inc.
101 Fed.Appx. 76
Sixth Circuit , June 04, 2004 ( No. 03-5002 )


Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Chrysalis Songs
2002 WL 33949859
M.D. Tennessee , September 12, 2002 ( No. 3:01-0701 )


Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Chrysalis Songs
2002 WL 34152373
M.D. Tennessee , September 05, 2002 ( No. 3:01-0701 )


Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Chrysalis Songs
2002 WL 33944440
M.D. Tennessee , October 23, 2002 ( No. 3:01-CV-701 )


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Related Searches Parties
Bridgeport Music ( Plaintiff )
Clinton, George ( Other )
Individual(s) ( Defendant )
Master P ( Other )
Music Publisher(s) ( Defendant )
No Limit Records ( Defendant )
P-Funk Allstars ( Other )
Record Label(s) ( Defendant )
Southfield Music ( Plaintiff )
Tru ( Other )

Legal Issues
Contracts / Breach / Payment & Performance
Copyrights / Infringement / Sampling & Distribution/Dissemination
General / Affirmative Defenses / Statutes of Limitation

Courts
Sixth Circuit (highest court)
M.D. Tennessee


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