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Record Labels Sue Oldies Label
Highest Court Sixth Circuit
Year Ended 2005
Plaintiffs GML Records
King Records
Defendants Collectibles Records
Other Pitney, Gene
Shirelles
Thomas, B.J.
Short Description This is a case between two record labels (related to both "Giving the Oldies Their Goodies (I)" and "Giving the Oldies Their Goodies (II)") arising from Plaintiff's ownership of master recordings by Gene Pitney, the Shirelles, and B.J. Thomas, whose suits against Plaintiff ended in the artists' favor. Collectibles Records received a license to the recordings through a chain of assignment that pre-dated plaintiff's acquisition of the recordings. Plaintiff alleged Collectibles exceeded the scope of its license and alternatively that the license expired, and thus Plaintiff is owed money, despite never having directly licensed Defendant itself. Because no contract between the parties existed, Plaintiff sued for unjust enrichment, but the court failed to find it would be "inequitable" not to compensate Plaintiff. - LSW

Legal Issues
Contracts Breach Payment & Performance
Copyrights Ownership Assignments, Licenses & Renewal Rights
General Equitable Actions Unjust Enrichment


Opinions King Records, Inc. v. Collectables, Inc.
153 Fed. Appx. 355
Sixth Circuit , October 18, 2005 ( No. 04-5579 )


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Related Searches Parties
Collectibles Records ( Defendant )
GML Records ( Plaintiff )
King Records ( Plaintiff )
Pitney, Gene ( Other )
Shirelles ( Other )
Thomas, B.J. ( Other )

Legal Issues
Contracts / Breach / Payment & Performance
Copyrights / Ownership / Assignments, Licenses & Renewal Rights
General / Equitable Actions / Unjust Enrichment

Courts
Sixth Circuit (highest court)


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