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Who Owns Classic Songs?
Highest Court S.D. New York
Year Ended 1999
Plaintiffs Leiber & Stoller
Range Road Music
Defendants Estate of Artist(s)
Music Distributor(s)
Trust of Artist(s)
Other DeLange, Eddie
Mercer, Johnny
Van Heusen, Jimmy
Short Description Plaintiffs were purportedly transferred renewal rights in the copyright interest to two songs written by Jimmy Van Heusen, "I Thought About You," co-written with Johnny Mercer, and "Darn That Dream," co-written with Eddie DeLange. Van Heusen's successors later transferred the renewal rights after notice and termination of the first term. Despite a contractual waiver of legal action, the court found the transfer to Plaintiffs invalid because, according to this court, renewal rights cannot be transferred until after termination of the initial period finishes and the second period vests. - LSW

Legal Issues
Contracts Breach Payment & Performance
Copyrights Infringement Inducement & Contributory/Vicarious Liability
    Reproduction & Distribution/Dissemination
  Ownership Assignments, Licenses & Renewal Rights


Opinions Range Road Music, Inc. v. Music Sales Corp.
472 F.Supp.2d 558
S.D. New York , January 31, 2007 ( No. 97 Civ. 3098(JES) )


Range Road Music, Inc. v. Music Sales Corp.
90 F.Supp.2d 390
S.D. New York , March 28, 2000 ( No. 97 Civ. 3098(JES) )


Range Road Music, Inc. v. Music Sales Corp.
76 F.Supp.2d 375
S.D. New York , November 23, 1999 ( No. 97 Civ. 3098(JES) )


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Related Searches Parties
DeLange, Eddie ( Other )
Estate of Artist(s) ( Defendant )
Leiber & Stoller ( Plaintiff )
Mercer, Johnny ( Other )
Music Distributor(s) ( Defendant )
Range Road Music ( Plaintiff )
Trust of Artist(s) ( Defendant )
Van Heusen, Jimmy ( Other )

Legal Issues
Contracts / Breach / Payment & Performance
Copyrights / Infringement / Inducement & Contributory/Vicarious Liability
Copyrights / Infringement / Reproduction & Distribution/Dissemination
Copyrights / Ownership / Assignments, Licenses & Renewal Rights

Courts
S.D. New York (highest court)


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