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Co-writer vs. Slim Thug
Highest Court S.D. Texas
Year Ended 2007
Plaintiffs Copyright Owner(s)
Defendants Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
EMI Music
Jones, Mike
Slim Thug
Wall, Paul
Watts, Michael "5000"
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Co-author of an early version of "Still Tippin'," the song that made Slim Thug a well-known rap artist, sued when the chorus hook was re-used in the song that was publicly released. The court found that joint authorship in a work does not imply joint authorship in derivative works, and further that Plaintiff's state law claims were preempted by the Copyright Act. - LSW

Legal Issues
Copyrights Ownership Declaratory Judgment
    Joint Authorship, Works-for-Hire & Derivative Creations
General Affirmative Defenses Federal Preemption
  Equitable Remedies Accounting
Trademarks & Unfair Competition State Statute/Common Law Unfair & Deceptive Trade Practices
    Unfair Competition, False Advertising & Related Torts


Opinions Tilford v. Jones
2007 WL 677572
S.D. Texas , February 28, 2007 ( No. H-05-2989 )


Tilford v. Jones
2006 WL 2612752
S.D. Texas , September 11, 2006 ( No. H-05-2989 )


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Related Searches Parties
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) ( Defendant )
Copyright Owner(s) ( Plaintiff )
EMI Music ( Defendant )
Jones, Mike ( Defendant )
Slim Thug ( Defendant )
Wall, Paul ( Defendant )
Watts, Michael "5000" ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Copyrights / Ownership / Declaratory Judgment
Copyrights / Ownership / Joint Authorship, Works-for-Hire & Derivative Creations
General / Affirmative Defenses / Federal Preemption
General / Equitable Remedies / Accounting
Trademarks & Unfair Competition / State Statute/Common Law / Unfair & Deceptive Trade Practices
Trademarks & Unfair Competition / State Statute/Common Law / Unfair Competition, False Advertising & Related Torts

Courts
S.D. Texas (highest court)


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