'Spinal Tap' Actors Blast Studio's 'Threat' In Royalty Row

Law360, Los Angeles (March 30, 2017, 6:48 PM EDT) -- The co-creators of "This Is Spinal Tap" on Wednesday defended their right to bring a $400 million royalty suit against Vivendi SA, in the process calling out the French media giant for a "grossly inappropriate litigation threat" against actor Harry Shearer.

Shearer and the other stars of the movie are suing Vivendi in California federal court over hundreds of millions of dollars in allegedly unpaid royalties connected to merchandise, soundtracks and the film itself. Shearer has also said he filed a so-called termination notice to regain control of the copyrights to the iconic fake rock-band documentary and its soundtrack.

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