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Umg Beasties

Umg Beasties

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Published by: Eriq Gardner on Jun 11, 2014
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK --------------------------------------------------------------X TUFAMERICA, INC., Plaintiffs - v - MICHAEL DIAMOND,
et al.
, Defendants. :::::::::::Case No. 12 Civ. 3529 (AJN) --------------------------------------------------------------X
MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN SUPPORT OF UNIVERSAL–POLYGRAM INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING, INC. AND CAPITOL RECORDS, LLC’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT
Case 1:12-cv-03529-AJN Document 75 Filed 06/09/14 Page 1 of 23
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PRELIMINARY STATEMENT .....................................................................................................1
 
STATEMENT OF FACTS ..............................................................................................................3
 
A.
 
Trouble Funk ............................................................................................................3
 
B.
 
Trouble Funk’s Deal With Island ............................................................................4
 
C.
 
Trouble Funk’s Composition Transfers ...................................................................9
 
D.
 
Robert Reed and Tony Fisher’s Deal With TufAmerica .......................................10
 
E.
 
James Avery’s Deal With TufAmerica ..................................................................11
 
F.
 
TufAmerica’s Remaining Claims ..........................................................................12
 
ARGUMENT .................................................................................................................................12
 
I.
 
TUFAMERICA HAS NO STANDING TO BRING THIS ACTION...............................13
 
A.
 
Legal Standards ......................................................................................................13
 
B.
 
Island Indisputably Owns the “Let’s Get Small” and “Say What” Recordings .............................................................................................................13
 
II.
 
TUFAMERICA CANNOT MAINTAIN ITS COMPOSITION INFRINGEMENT CLAIMS. ...........................................................................................................................18
 
A.
 
Legal Standard .......................................................................................................18
 
B.
 
UMG-Polygram is a Co-Owner of Copyrights in the Compositions “Let’s Get Small” and “Say What” ...................................................................................18
 
CONCLUSION ..............................................................................................................................20
 
Case 1:12-cv-03529-AJN Document 75 Filed 06/09/14 Page 2 of 23
 
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIESPage(s)C
ASES
Cafferty v. Scotti Bros. Records, Inc.
,969 F. Supp. 193 (S.D.N.Y. 1997)...........................................................................................19
Contractual Obligation Productions, LLC v. AMC Networks, Inc.
, No. 04 Civ. 2867(BSJ)(HBP), 2006 WL 6217754 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2006) ..................13, 18
Cortner v. Israel 
,732 F.2d 267 (2d Cir. 1984).....................................................................................................18
 Eden Toys, Inc. v. Florelee Undergarment Co.,
697 F.2d 27 (2d Cir. 1982).......................................................................................................13
 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. v. DRK Photo
,--- F. Supp. 2d ---, No. 11 Civ. 5454(KPF), 2014 WL 684829 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 21, 2014) ........................................................................................................................................17
 McDonald v. Brown
, No. 12 Civ. 7109(WHP), 2014 WL 116003 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 13, 2014) .............................12, 13
 Newsome v. Brown
,209 F. App’x 11 (2d Cir. 2008) ...............................................................................................17
 Poindexter v. EMI Record Group Inc.
, No. 11 Civ. 559(LTS)(JLC), 2012 WL 1027639 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 27, 2012) ..........................18
 Robinson v. Double R Records
, No. 04 Civ. 4120(KMW), 2007 WL 2049724 (S.D.N.Y. July 16, 2007) ...............................18
Werbungs Und Commerz Union Austalt v. LeShufy
, No. 84 Civ. 7393(PNL), 1987 WL 33618 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 24, 1987) .....................................19
S
TATUTES
17 U.S.C. § 501(b) .........................................................................................................................13
O
THER 
A
UTHORITIES
Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(a) ......................................................................................................................12
Case 1:12-cv-03529-AJN Document 75 Filed 06/09/14 Page 3 of 23

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