UMG Defeats Allegations of Misappropriation of Blues Song

UMG Beats Blues Musician’s Suit Over Song Sample
– Law360

Law360 covered UMG Recordings Inc.’s victory against an alleged misappropriation of a blues musician’s song. UMG was represented by Manatt’s Robert Jacobs, co-chair of the firm’s entertainment, sports and media litigation practice and Maura Gierl, an associate in the same practice.

U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve dismissed with prejudice Syl Johnson’s third amended complaint against UMG, which alleged the company has sold and shipped a soundtrack and other products containing samples of Johnson’s “I Feel the Urge” to Illinois and other states since 1991 without paying him, saying the lawsuit failed to establish specific jurisdiction over UMG.

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