S.D.N.Y. issues decision on Bob Marley copyright claim: FREE DOWNLOAD - Opinion, Fifty-Six Hope Rd. Music Ltd. v. UMG Recordings (Sept. 10, 2010)

S.D.N.Y. issues decision on Bob Marley copyright claim: FREE DOWNLOAD - Opinion, Fifty-Six Hope Rd. Music Ltd. v. UMG Recordings (Sept. 10, 2010)

On September 10, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued its decision in the case of Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd., v UMG Recordings, Inc. (2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS  94500) [enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers], denying a claim by the heirs of Bob Marley to ownership of the copyright in certain compositions originally assigned to UMG's predecessor. The Court ruled that the works in question were works-for-hire, and the "author," for purposes of the copyright was UMG. The decision is notable because it concerns the application of renewal rights under the 1909 Copyright Act to pre-1978 works, and because it affirms that the words "work for hire" are not required in the contract commissioning a work to create a work for hire.

Please click on the link at the top of the post to view or download the entire opinion from Fifty-Six Hope Rd. Music Ltd. v. UMG Recordings, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94500 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 10, 2010)