Alternative Scottish rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain are suing multinational record label Warner Music Group for £1.8m in a copyright infringement dispute.
In the suit filed earlier this week in a California federal court, lead singers and brothers of the band Jim and William Reid are claiming that Warner Music Group failed to terminate its copyright ownership for five of the band’s albums including their most popular debut, ‘Pyschocandy’.
According to the suit, the band are bringing the claim on the grounds of section 203 of the US Copyright Act of 1976 which enables authors to request for the copyright owners to terminate grants of copyright ownership 35 years after a work’s publication. The band’s lawyers claim that they sent a notice of termination regarding several of their works in January 2019. In December 2020, Warner music allegedly responded stating, “WMG is the owner of the copyrights throughout the world in each of the sound recordings comprising the Noticed Works, and the Notice is not effective to terminate WMG’s U.S. rights.”
In a statement, the band’s attorney said that Warner Music was nevertheless infringing on the band’s copyright under United States law, adding: “the legal issues in this suit are of paramount importance to the music industry.“
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