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Rappers Receive Enough Royalties?
Highest Court Second Circuit
Year Ended 2010
Plaintiffs Band Member(s)
Music Publisher(s)
Robinson, Sylvia
Defendants Music Publisher(s)
Sanctuary Records
Other Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five
Grand Master Melle Mel
Sugar Hill Gang
Wall Street Mob
Short Description The Sugar Hill Gang, Grand Master Flash, The Wall Street Mob, The Furious Five, and Grand Master Melle Mel, along with Sylvia Robinson, founder of Sugar Hill Records, godmother of rap music, and former member of Mickey and Sylvia, which had a few hits back in the day, sued Sanctuary Records Group for release from record contracts. After obtaining a default judgment for rescission of the contracts, Plaintiffs sought damages in the realm of $30 million, even though they'd initially only sought rescission. and damages from unpaid royalties. Artists were released from contracts after default judgment, but were awarded no damages. Both Sanctuary and the Plaintiffs appealed, the former seeking to vacate the default and the latter requesting monetary relief. After first being unsuccessful, the Court of Appeals later remanded to the District Court to reconsider their denial to vacate the default; it is the preference of the courts to resolve disputes on the merits. - LSW

Legal Issues
Civil Procedure Default Judgments Entry & Enforcement
  Evidence Admissibility
Contracts Equitable Remedies Rescission
General   Accounting


Opinions Robinson v. Sanctuary Record Groups, Ltd.
383 Fed.Appx. 54 / 2010 WL 2649849
Second Circuit , July 01, 2010 ( Nos. 08-2078-cv, 08-2320-cv, 08-2333-cv )


Robinson v. Sanctuary Record Groups, Ltd.
589 F. Supp. 2d 273
S.D. New York , November 20, 2008 ( No. 03 CV 10235(VM) )


Robinson v. Sanctuary Record Groups, Ltd.
249 F.R.D. 144
S.D. New York , April 16, 2008 ( No. 03 CV 10235(VM) )


Robinson v. Sanctuary Record Groups, Ltd.
542 F.Supp.2d 284
S.D. New York , March 25, 2008 ( No. 03 CV 10235(VM) )


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Related Searches Parties
Band Member(s) ( Plaintiff )
Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five ( Other )
Grand Master Melle Mel ( Other )
Music Publisher(s) ( Plaintiff )
Music Publisher(s) ( Defendant )
Robinson, Sylvia ( Plaintiff )
Sanctuary Records ( Defendant )
Sugar Hill Gang ( Other )
Wall Street Mob ( Other )

Legal Issues
Civil Procedure / Default Judgments / Entry & Enforcement
Civil Procedure / Evidence / Admissibility
Contracts / Equitable Remedies / Rescission
General / Equitable Remedies / Accounting

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


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