11th Circ. Upholds Coca-Cola Win In World Cup Song IP Suit

Law360, New York (November 3, 2011, 9:26 PM EDT) -- The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday affirmed a district court's dismissal of a suit accusing The Coca-Cola Co. of infringing a copyright on a composer's translation of a song used in promotions for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

In an unpublished, per curiam opinion, the appeals court upheld a Florida federal court's ruling that Rafael Vergara Hermosilla had sold his claims to the copyright for "Wavin' Flag (Coca-Cola Spanish Celebration Mix)."

The Florida federal court issued a summary judgment in Coca-Cola's favor in February, ruling Vergara had...
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