Clinton default means copyright can be transferred

September 2014

Artistes, songwriters


Addressing the issue of whether a lower court abused its discretion by appointing a receiver and authorizing the sale of master sound recordings to satisfy monetary judgments, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the lower court’s decision, finding that the Copyright Act did not protect the defendant from the involuntary transfer of his copyrighted works because the defendant was not the original author of the works (Hendricks & Lewis PLLC v. Clinton, Case No. 13-35010 (9th Cir., June 23, 2014) (Christen, J)).  The plaintiffs, Hendricks & Lewis, are a law firm who performed legal services for George Clinton.   Clinton failed to pay Hendricks for certain legal fees incurred and after securing an arbitration award, Hendricks petitioned for and received judgment from the lower court, which has now been confirmed on appeal.

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