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Music Publishers Argue Class Action State Law Claims Are Preempted Under Copyright Act

(September 1, 2016, 3:26 PM EDT) -- NEW YORK — Music publishers argue in an Aug. 20 reply brief that a New York federal court should dismiss a proposed class action seeking licensing fees collected from their alleged copyright to the song “We Shall Overcome” because the copyright is valid and that the class action plaintiffs’ state law claims are preempted under the Copyright Act (We Shall Overcome Foundation and Butler Films LLC v. The Richmond Organization Inc. and Ludlow Music Inc., No. 16-02725, S.D. N.Y.).

(Defendants’ reply brief available. Document #78-160906-009B.)...
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