Case Study: FBT V. Aftermath

Law360 (October 22, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT) -- On Sept. 3, 2010, the Ninth Circuit decided F.B.T. Productions LLC v. Aftermath Records, Case No. 09-55817, in favor of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin PC client F.B.T. Productions. The case is among the first published appellate decisions addressing how traditional music recording agreements apply to new methods of music distribution, such as iTunes and mobile phone ringtones. The case has important implications for musicians and other creative artists operating under older contracts, as well as for distributors and licensors of content.

F.B.T., a Detroit-based music producer, discovered the rapper Eminem in 1995, and three years later brought him...

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