Free Speech Doesn't Bar Suit Over Ray Charles Songs: Atty

Law360, Los Angeles (September 24, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT) -- Ray Charles' charitable foundation should be allowed to sue seven of the late singer's children for trying to reclaim the copyrights to some of his songs from a music publisher because the heirs' conduct is not protected under a California free-speech law, an attorney for the foundation argued on Monday.

The Charles children invoked California's anti-Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation law in a bid to dismiss the case, which alleges they violated their trust agreements by filing notices to recover the copyrights. In return for an...
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