Bob Dylan can relaxation straightforward that he gained’t have handy over a portion of his $300 million sale of his whole track catalog to Common Music. On Friday, a New York choose rejected a criticism from the property of Jacques Levy, who collaborated with Dylan on his 1976 album Need.
Levy’s widow focused at the least $7.25 million from the sale of 10 songs, together with “Hurricane,” however Dylan argued that the songs have been written beneath a work-for-hire settlement that solely entitled him to royalties, particularly 35 % of the licensing proceeds for the songs.
New York Supreme Court docket Justice Barry Ostrager sides with Dylan.
“For the explanations defined right here, the Court docket determines that the plain which means of the 1975 Settlement is that the Dylan Defendants owned all copyrights to the Compositions, in addition to absolutely the proper to promote the Compositions and all related rights, topic solely to plaintiffs’ proper to obtain the compensation specified within the 1975 Settlement, which doesn’t embody any portion of the proceeds from Dylan’s sale of his personal rights to the Common Defendants,” he writes.
Ostrager seems at how Levy tried to ascertain joint authorship within the compositions, together with witnesses to the connection between the songwriters and affidavits from consultants, however finally the choose sees the contract as unambiguous and precluding such a declare.
The choose additionally rejects the declare that Levy’s property is a third-party beneficiary of the Common settlement.
Dylan was represented by Orin Snyder at Gibson Dunn.
Right here’s the complete ruling:
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