In Landmark Case, Manatt Wins Three Decisions in Favor of Client Marshmello

Members of Manatt’s entertainment litigation team, led by Robert Jacobs, served as lead counsel for defendants Marshmello, Dan Smith (lead singer of Bastille), U.K. producer and songwriter Steve Mac, Polygram, Kobalt Music, and others in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Russian electronic D.J. Artem Stoliarov p/k/a Arty alleging that Marshmello’s hit song “Happier” infringes Stoliarov’s copyright in the song “I Lived (Arty Remix).”

This high-profile suit raises unique copyright ownership issues with respect to remixes of pre-existing songs, unusual questions concerning causation and damages from live performances of allegedly infringing songs, as well as jurisdictional issues testing the reach of the Copyright Act to non-U.S. defendants.

On April 8, the court granted the defendants’ summary judgment motions in full, concluding the case in a major win for Manatt and its clients.

Manatt’s team also included entertainment litigation partners Emil Petrossian and Prana Topper, counsel Maura Gierl, associate Noro Mejlumyan, and music assistant/clearance specialist Veronica Hartling.

To learn more about the groundbreaking decisions, read the announcements from Variety, Reuters, The Hollywood ReporterDaily Journal, Bloomberg Law, Your EDM and RepublicWorld.

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