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"Mony Mony" But No "Money Money"
Highest Court Second Circuit
Year Ended 2002
Plaintiffs Family of Artist(s)
Defendants Cordell, Ritchie
EMI Music
Music Publisher(s)
Record Label(s)
Other Bloom, Bobby
Gentry, Bo
James, Tommy (and The Shondells)
Short Description Robert Ackoff was one of the songwriters on "Mony Mony," along with Tommy James, who performed it and made it famous (it was later covered by Billy Idol and others). When the copyright renewal was soon approaching, Ackoff's descendants sued to declare ownership of the renewal, but Ackoff had previously assigned them to Defendants. The District Court held this contract not to be unconscionable, and thus Defendant rightfully has copyright ownership during the renewal period. - LSW

Legal Issues
Conflicts of Law Jurisdiction & Forum Subject Matter Jurisdiction
    Supplemental Jurisdiction
Contracts Breach Repudiation
  Enforceability Formation Formalities
    Fraud/Fraudulent Inducement
    Unconscionability
Copyrights Ownership Assignments, Licenses & Renewal Rights
    Declaratory Judgment
    Joint Authorship, Works-for-Hire & Derivative Creations
General Affirmative Defenses Res Judicata & Collateral Estoppel
    Statutes of Limitation


Opinions Ackoff-Ortega v. Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co. (Inc.)
46 Fed.Appx. 663
Second Circuit , September 26, 2002 ( Nos. 01-7034(L), 01-7052(CON) )


Ackoff-Ortega v. Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co. (Inc.)
130 F.Supp.2d 440
S.D. New York , December 11, 2000 ( No. 99 CIV. 11710(SAS) )


Ackoff-Ortega v. Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co. (Inc.)
120 F.Supp.2d 273
S.D. New York , October 11, 2000 ( No. 99 CIV. 11710(SAS) )


Ackoff-Ortega v. Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co. (Inc.)
98 F.Supp.2d 530
S.D. New York , June 05, 2000 ( No. 99 CIV. 11710(SAS) )


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Related Searches Parties
Bloom, Bobby ( Other )
Cordell, Ritchie ( Defendant )
EMI Music ( Defendant )
Family of Artist(s) ( Plaintiff )
Gentry, Bo ( Other )
James, Tommy (and The Shondells) ( Other )
Music Publisher(s) ( Defendant )
Record Label(s) ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Conflicts of Law / Jurisdiction & Forum / Subject Matter Jurisdiction
Conflicts of Law / Jurisdiction & Forum / Supplemental Jurisdiction
Contracts / Breach / Repudiation
Contracts / Enforceability / Formation Formalities
Contracts / Enforceability / Fraud/Fraudulent Inducement
Contracts / Enforceability / Unconscionability
Copyrights / Ownership / Assignments, Licenses & Renewal Rights
Copyrights / Ownership / Declaratory Judgment
Copyrights / Ownership / Joint Authorship, Works-for-Hire & Derivative Creations
General / Affirmative Defenses / Res Judicata & Collateral Estoppel
General / Affirmative Defenses / Statutes of Limitation

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


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