11th Circ. Reboots KC And The Sunshine Band Copyright Suit

Law360, New York (January 22, 2014, 3:40 PM EST) -- The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday revived a copyright infringement suit against KC and the Sunshine Band, reversing a lower court's decision that a former band member lacked standing because his label registered his copyright for him.

A Florida federal judge had booted the case, filed by the heirs of late member Ronnie Smith over royalties for the song “Spank,” on the grounds that Smith hadn't actually registered the copyright himself, instead granting his former label the power to do so.

Vacating that decision, the appeals court...
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Case Title

Smith v. Casey et al

Case Number



Florida Southern

Nature of Suit



Ursula Ungaro

Date Filed

October 18, 2012

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