Syl Johnson Asks 7th Circ. To Rethink 'Different Strokes' Suit
Law360, Springfield (August 16, 2017, 11:02 PM EDT) -- Soul singer Syl Johnson asked the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to rehear en banc a ruling dismissing his suit claiming that music's biggest recording labels sampled his song "Different Strokes" without getting his permission or paying him royalties.
A Seventh Circuit panel earlier this month dismissed Johnson's case, the latest in the singer-songwriter's crusade against Universal Music Group and Sony Music alleging the labels had conspired against him and forged his signature in a 2015 settlement deal of a previous case so they could continue to infringe his copyright on the 1967 hit.
Johnson's petition to the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday...
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