St. Nixed: Judge Sleighs Challenge To EMI Santa Song Rights

Law360, New York (December 19, 2013, 4:26 PM EST) -- On the week before Christmas, a New York federal judge ruled that music publisher EMI will own the rights to “Santa Claus is Comin' to Town” until 2029, shooting down a bid by the author's heirs to recover the copyright for the iconic holiday jingle.

U.S. Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled Monday that Gloria Coots Baldwin, daughter of song composer John Frederick Coots, couldn't use the termination provisions in the Copyright Act of 1976 to claw back control of her dad's song.

The elder Coots assigned the...
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Case Title

Baldwin et al v. EMI Feist Catalog, Inc.

Case Number



New York Southern

Nature of Suit



Andrew L. Carter, Jr

Date Filed

December 21, 2012

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