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Royalty Collector vs. "Piano" Smith
Highest Court Fifth Circuit
Year Ended 1996
Plaintiffs Royalty Collector(s)
Defendants Smith, Huey "Piano"
Spouse of Artist(s)
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Plaintiff is an organization whose goal is helping artists locate and receive proper compensation from royalties for copyrights, and in return Plaintiff takes 50% of the money received. When Huey "Piano" Smith became dissatisfied with Plaintiff's services, he purported to unilaterally cancel the agreement and transfer some of the salvaged copyrights to his wife, presumably to decrease assets susceptible to judgment. The court held Smith had no legal right to terminate the contract as he did and his attempted assignment is annulled. Smith's legal problems continued in "Who Gets 'Piano' Smith's Money?." - LSW

Legal Issues
Bankruptcy Chapter 13 Characterization/Distribution of Assets & Obligations
Contracts Breach Payment & Performance
    Repudiation
Copyrights Ownership Assignments, Licenses & Renewal Rights


Opinions Artists Rights Enforcement Corp. v. Smith
1996 WL 405751
Fifth Circuit , June 28, 1996 ( No. 95-31091 )


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Related Searches Parties
Royalty Collector(s) ( Plaintiff )
Smith, Huey "Piano" ( Defendant )
Spouse of Artist(s) ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Bankruptcy / Chapter 13 / Characterization/Distribution of Assets & Obligations
Contracts / Breach / Payment & Performance
Contracts / Breach / Repudiation
Copyrights / Ownership / Assignments, Licenses & Renewal Rights

Courts
Fifth Circuit (highest court)


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