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Songwriter Wants His Cut
Highest Court First Circuit
Year Ended 2007
Plaintiffs Songwriter(s)
Defendants Music Director(s)
Record Label(s)
Other Gozadera
Short Description Plaintiff authored a song called "Noche de Fiesta" for his friend to perform with his band. When his friend joined a new band and released the song through them, Plaintiff sued for copyright infringement. Unfortunately, the "copy" Plaintiff deposited with the Copyright Office was not an original, but just a recreation he made from his memory. This cannot constitute a copyright in the original work, and thus he has no registered copyright, depriving the court of federal subject matter jurisdiction. - LSW

Legal Issues
Copyrights Infringement Reproduction & Distribution/Dissemination
  Ownership Joint Authorship, Works-for-Hire & Derivative Creations
General Affirmative Defenses Implied License
    Statutes of Limitation
  Equitable Defenses Laches


Opinions Torres-Negron v. J & N Records, LLC
504 F.3d 151
First Circuit , October 02, 2007 ( Nos. 06-2058, 06-2059 )


Negron v. Rivera
433 F.Supp.2d 204
D. Puerto Rico , May 24, 2006 ( Nos. Civ. 02-1728(HL), Civ. 02-1729(HL) )


Torres-Negron v. Rivera
2005 WL 1308675
D. Puerto Rico , May 18, 2005 ( Nos. Civ. 02-1728(HL), Civ. 02-1729(HL) )


Torres-Negron v. Rivera
413 F.Supp.2d 84
D. Puerto Rico , February 06, 2006 ( Nos. Civ. 02-1728(HL), Civ. 02-1729(HL) )


Torres-Negron v. Rivera
2006 WL 219612
D. Puerto Rico , January 27, 2006 ( Nos. Civ. 02-1728(HL), Civ. 02-1729(HL) )


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Related Searches Parties
Gozadera ( Other )
Music Director(s) ( Defendant )
Record Label(s) ( Defendant )
Songwriter(s) ( Plaintiff )

Legal Issues
Copyrights / Infringement / Reproduction & Distribution/Dissemination
Copyrights / Ownership / Joint Authorship, Works-for-Hire & Derivative Creations
General / Affirmative Defenses / Implied License
General / Affirmative Defenses / Statutes of Limitation
General / Equitable Defenses / Laches

Courts
First Circuit (highest court)
D. Puerto Rico


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