Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment are being presented copyright infringement lawsuits filed by musicians seeking ownership of their music. The lawsuits were filed on February 5 by the New York Dolls’ band member David Johansen, along with other bands and their members.
The lawsuits cite Section 203 of the Copyright Act of 1976, which gives musicians the opportunity to terminate copyright ownership after 35 years of a recording’s initial release.
The suit also alleges that hundreds of musicians have served these Notices of Termination to Sony and Universal, and the labels have refused to honor them.
The prosecution is seeking damages for copyright infringement and declaratory relief.