Federal Practice Takeaways From Spike Lee, Prince IP Ruling

Law360 (January 13, 2021, 4:53 PM EST) -- On Dec. 28, 2000, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a summary judgment entered in the New York copyright case Brandon v. NPG Records Inc. in favor of Spike Lee, the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson, Forty Acres and a Mule Musicworks Inc., and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York had ruled that because the same plaintiff had already lost the same copyright case in federal court in Florida in 2017, he was not entitled to refile his case in federal court in New York.

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