Copyright Co-Owner Not Indispensable Party in Lawsuit Over YouTube Video

"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" is one of the most popular holiday songs around and is played on radio stations across the country every Christmas season. It is also now the subject of contentious copyright litigation after a federal judge ruled recently that litigation over an allegedly unauthorized YouTube video containing audio of the song can continue despite the absence of a co-owner of the copyright.

Elmo Shropshire owns the copyright to the song along with Patsy Trigg d/b/a Kris Publishing. The copyright was registered with the U.S. Copyright Office on December 27, 1979. The defendant posted a video on YouTube--which has since been removed due to the pending litigation--which combined Christmas-related pictures with audio of a Canadian musical group, "The Irish Rovers," singing the Grandma song. Shropshire contacted the poster and requested that he either pay the licensing fee or immediately remove the video. The poster refused.

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