UMG Can't End Copyright Class Action Over Old Songs

By Bill Donahue (March 31, 2020, 2:27 PM EDT) -- A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday refused to toss out a closely watched class action filed against Universal Music Group by musicians who want to regain control of their songs, ruling that the label's argument would "eviscerate" copyright law's so-called termination right.

Denying a motion to dismiss, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that UMG's argument — that the lawsuit had been filed decades too late — would render the termination right "meaningless."

"To restrict the termination right based on the artist's failure to bring a claim within three years of signing a recording agreement — a time during which the...

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