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Salsa Kings Sue Record Label
Highest Court S.D. New York
Year Ended 2009
Plaintiffs Cruz, Bobby
Family of Artist(s)
Music Publisher(s)
Ray, Richie
Defendants Music Publisher(s)
Record Label(s)
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Plaintiffs, Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz, are famed salsa musicians who supposedly repudiated their contracts with defendants after Defendants' "breached" by not paying or accounting royalties. They then sued for copyright infringement and rescission of the contract, when Defendants continued to exploit the compositions recorded under the agreement. The court found Plaintiffs were in no position the rescind contract; rescission is an equitable remedy and an extreme measure for the court to take. The contract contained no provision allowing for rescission upon underpayment of royalties, Defendants' actions were not so material as to defeat the object of the contract, and damages would be available to Plaintiffs if Defendant were in breach. Since their repudiation was invalid, there was no action for copyright infringement either. Defendants' summary judgment granted. - LSW

Legal Issues
Contracts Breach Exclusivity & Restrictive/Negative Covenants
Copyrights Infringement Reproduction & Distribution/Dissemination

Opinions Maldonado v. Valsyn, S.A.
2009 WL 3094888
S.D. New York , September 23, 2009 ( No. 06 Civ. 15290(RMB) )

Maldonado v. Valsyn, S.A.
2010 WL 3199681
Second Circuit , August 13, 2010 ( No. 09-4394-cv )

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Related Searches Parties
Cruz, Bobby ( Plaintiff )
Family of Artist(s) ( Plaintiff )
Music Publisher(s) ( Plaintiff )
Music Publisher(s) ( Defendant )
Ray, Richie ( Plaintiff )
Record Label(s) ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Contracts / Breach / Exclusivity & Restrictive/Negative Covenants
Contracts / Breach / Repudiation
Copyrights / Infringement / Reproduction & Distribution/Dissemination

S.D. New York (highest court)
Second Circuit

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