Motown Pianist's Widow Says EMI Stole Copyrights

Law360, New York (August 22, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT) -- EMI Music Inc. was sued Friday in Michigan by the widow of prolific Motown pianist Earl Van Dyke, who says her husband's former record label unlawfully took control of songs composed by the musician.

Millicent Van Dyke said in Michigan district court that EMI and Motown label affiliate Jobete Music Co. lied to the U.S. Copyright Office in order to maintain control of seven compositions written by her late husband instead of transferring the songs' copyrights to her.

The record labels “have acted duplicitously, intentionally and...
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Case Information

Case Title

Vandyke v. EMI Music, Inc. et al

Case Number



Michigan Eastern

Nature of Suit



District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith

Date Filed

August 19, 2011


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