Calif. Appeals Court Backs Authors Of Ozzy Guitarist Book

Law360, Los Angeles (January 27, 2015, 10:52 PM EST) -- A California appeals court ruled Monday that the authors of a book on deceased Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads had a First Amendment right to publish it despite claims by Rhoads' family that they used materials provided solely for a documentary film.

The three-judge panel's ruling reversed a lower court's denial of a motion to dismiss claims of fraud, invasion of privacy, misappropriation of names, voices and likenesses and unfair competition leveled against television producer Peter Margolis and co-author Andrew Klein.

The appellate court also tossed similar claims against Velocity Publishing Group, the company Klein formed to publish the book, and...

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