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Introduction

Major record company UMG has hit back in a case involving termination rights claims made by two musicians in the US. In February 2019, the musicians filed a class action lawsuit against UMG in a New York court claiming that the major label had refuted the artists' claims on the grounds that the sound recordings are works made for hire and so not available for termination under US copyright law.

Highlights

  • Major record company UMG has hit back in case involving termination rights claims made by two musicians in the US.

Features and Benefits

  • Details UMG's motion to dismiss claims made by two musicians in the termination rights case.
  • Explains the four reasons why UMG believes the claims by the two US musicians are without merit.

Key questions answered

  • What are termination rights as available as part of US copyright law?
  • Why does UMG believe the two musicians' claims do not comply with statutory and regulatory requirements?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Wrestling back control of sound recordings in the US
  • Tiptoeing around the thorny issue of works made for hire
  • Satisfying the criteria to terminate

Appendix

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