6th Circ. Sanctions Songwriter's Widow In Copyright Feud

Law360, Los Angeles (May 1, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday ordered sanctions against a songwriter's widow and her attorney for filing frivolous lawsuits seeking royalties from a record company that received default judgments against a rapper it said unlawfully sampled the songwriter's work.

Janyce H. Tilmon-Jones, the widow of songwriter Abrim Tilmon Jr., who wrote the Detroit Emeralds song "You're Getting a Little Too Smart," claimed she had the rights to the song when Bridgeport Music Inc. filed its lawsuit against rapper Rashaam A. Smith, also known as Esham A. Smith,...
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