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Marley Re-Mixer: "Music Monopoly!"
Highest Court C.D. California
Year Ended 2009
Plaintiffs Music Producer(s)
Defendants Universal Music Group
Other Marley, Bob
Short Description Plaintiff is a re-mixer of songs who remixed certain Bob Marley compositions for the album "Roots Rocks Remixed," after obtaining a proper nonexclusive license to use the sound recordings at issue. When Plaintiff later received cease and desist letters from Universal Music Group, Plaintiff sued, claiming the letters constituted antitrust violations of Sherman Act and tortious interference with business relationships. Plaintiff sought to depose executives at Universal's headquarters and subsidiaries, and to add as new Defendants subsidiaries initially not included, such as Universal Recordings and Universal Recordings International. The court held that Plaintiff had showed depositions of new executives were relevant; authored numerous intra-office emails discussing the matter and Plaintiff's prior depositions did not provide the evidence sought. Further, despite Plaintiff's four previous complaints, amendments should be allowed to add subsidiary parties; Plaintiff was understandably uncertain, given the complex corporate arrangements of Universal and its subsidiaries, which Defendants were appropriate. - LSW

Legal Issues
Business Associations Corporations Corporate Liability
Civil Procedure Evidence Discovery
  Third Party Claims Necessary Parties
Consumer Protection Federal (Sherman/Clayton Act) Antitrust, Monopoly & Restraint of Trade
    Antitrust, Monopoly & Restraint of Trade
Copyrights Digital Millennium Copyright Act Infringement
  Ownership Assignments, Licenses & Renewal Rights
Torts Economic Torts Interference with Contract, Business, Interests & Expectancy


Opinions Rock River Communications, Inc. v. Universal Music Group, Inc.
2009 WL 3841874
C.D. California , November 16, 2009 ( No. CV 08-635 CAS (AJWx) )


Rock River Communications, Inc. v. Universal Music Group, Inc.
2009 WL 2524863
C.D. California , August 14, 2009 ( No. CV 08-635 CAS (AJWx) )


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Related Searches Parties
Marley, Bob ( Other )
Music Producer(s) ( Plaintiff )
Universal Music Group ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Business Associations / Corporations / Corporate Liability
Civil Procedure / Evidence / Discovery
Civil Procedure / Third Party Claims / Necessary Parties
Consumer Protection / Federal (Sherman/Clayton Act) / Antitrust, Monopoly & Restraint of Trade
Consumer Protection / Federal (Sherman/Clayton Act) / Antitrust, Monopoly & Restraint of Trade
Copyrights / Digital Millennium Copyright Act / Infringement
Copyrights / Ownership / Assignments, Licenses & Renewal Rights
Torts / Economic Torts / Interference with Contract, Business, Interests & Expectancy

Courts
C.D. California (highest court)


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