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Israeli Rocker Stiffed by Clinton?
Highest Court W.D. Wisconsin
Year Ended 2009
Plaintiffs Recht, Coby
Defendants MGM Pictures
Other Clinton, George
Recht, Iris
Short Description Plaintiff, Coby Recht, along with his wife, Iris Recht (who motioned to intervene after Coby's filing) are Israeli songwriters who wrote a rock opera called "The Apple," which was adopted for American release with lyrics and songs by Plaintiff and George Clinton. The movie, based on a futuristic plotline derived from the Adam and Eve story, was a failure in the U.S., perhaps due to its emphasis on disco, which by 1980 was waning in popularity. As part of the initial agreement, the Rechts supposedly transferred their copyrights interests in the movie (though not necessarily the songs), to Defendant. However, Defendant never paid all amounts promised to the Rechts, and the movie was "shelved." When Defendant re-released the movie in the 2000s on DVD, without any Recht permission, Coby Recht sued. The Wisconsin federal District Court initially found validity in Recht's claims, finding him to be a valid copyright owner who had not transferred copyrights to Defendant, and finding breach of contract claims sufficiently stated. Later, however, the court transferred the case to California, where it was found that George Clinton, as co-author along with the Rechts, had transferred his ownership interest to Defendant as a work-for-hire, even if Recht was not an employee himself. The court apparently dismissed the case with prejudice, though the reasoning isn't so clear. When Recht re-filed a similar complaint in Wisconsin, the court once again transferred the action, unable to determine if California's earlier dismissal had been on the merits. We're going back to Cali. - LSW

Legal Issues
Business Associations Fiduciary Relationships Fiduciary Duties
Conflicts of Law Jurisdiction & Forum Venue
Contracts Breach Payment & Performance
Copyrights Infringement Reproduction & Distribution/Dissemination
  Ownership Assignments, Licenses & Renewal Rights
    Joint Authorship, Works-for-Hire & Derivative Creations


Opinions Recht v. Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, Inc.
2009 WL 1455335
W.D. Wisconsin , May 21, 2009 ( No. 09-cv-203-slc )


Recht v. Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, Inc.
580 F.Supp.2d 775
W.D. Wisconsin , June 12, 2008 ( No. 08-CV-250-SLC )


Recht v. Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, Inc.
2008 WL 4460379
W.D. Wisconsin , September 29, 2008 ( No. 08-CV-250-SLC )


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Related Searches Parties
Clinton, George ( Other )
MGM Pictures ( Defendant )
Recht, Coby ( Plaintiff )
Recht, Iris ( Other )

Legal Issues
Business Associations / Fiduciary Relationships / Fiduciary Duties
Conflicts of Law / Jurisdiction & Forum / Venue
Contracts / Breach / Payment & Performance
Copyrights / Infringement / Reproduction & Distribution/Dissemination
Copyrights / Ownership / Assignments, Licenses & Renewal Rights
Copyrights / Ownership / Joint Authorship, Works-for-Hire & Derivative Creations

Courts
W.D. Wisconsin (highest court)


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