Warner Music, rock band Jesus and Mary Chain finish U.S. copyright lawsuit



By Blake Brittain

(Reuters) – Warner Music Group Corp and Scottish rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain have agreed to finish a lawsuit over the band’s try to terminate the music label’s rights in its music, in accordance court docket papers filed Thursday.

The events stated in U.S. District Court docket in Los Angeles that that they had agreed to dismiss the band’s lawsuit with prejudice, which suggests it can’t be filed once more.

A lawyer for the band, Neema Amini, stated the dispute had been “amicably resolved,” however didn’t present particulars of the settlement. Representatives for Warner Music didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

The influential different rock band filed its lawsuit in 2021. Its founding members Jim and William Reid accused Warner Music of refusing to acknowledge their discover to the label that they had been reclaiming their copyrights of their landmark 1985 debut album “Psychocandy” and different recordings.

U.S. copyright legislation permits creators to terminate transfers of their work after 35 years underneath sure circumstances. The legislation has been the topic of lawsuits by and towards quite a lot of musicians, screenwriters and different artists.

The band signed to WEA Information Ltd, a Warner Music predecessor, in 1985. In accordance with the lawsuit, Warner Music instructed them that WEA was the unique proprietor of the works, not the band, and that the Reids couldn’t terminate the copyrights.

Warner Music additionally instructed the court docket that the band’s lawsuit was time-barred and that it had breached its contract with WEA.

A trial within the case was set to start in September.

The case is Reid v. Warner Music Group Corp, U.S. District Court docket for the Central District of California, No. 2:21-cv-04806.

(Reporting by Blake Brittain in Washington)

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