Jun 15, 2021

Jesus and Mary Chain want their music back

Jesus and Mary Chain is a Scottish alternative rock band formed in East Kilbride in 1983. Members of the band include Jim and William Reid. The Reid brothers have issued a claim for copyright infringement against Warner Music Group in the California federal court. The Reid brothers allege that Warner Music Group are refusing to terminate its copyright ownership of a number of albums recorded by Jesus and Mary Chain, including the debut album, Psychocandy.

The Reid brothers claim that federal copyright law allows them to ask copyright holders to terminate their copyright ownership 35 years after a works publication, which then allows artists, such as the Reid brothers, to regain the intellectual property rights in their work. In 2019, the Reid brothers issued a termination notice to the Warner Music Group for a number of their recordings. The Warner Music Group has since responded claiming that it is the owner of copyright in the sound recordings and the notice provided by the Reid brothers is not effective in terminating Warner Music Group’s rights.

The Reid brother allege in its claim that Warner Music Group are wilfully and stubbornly refusing to comply with their request and as such, are claiming damages of $2.55 million.

If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com. Further, please reserve your place at the upcoming webinar focusing on the online challenges with social media platforms and your intellectual property hosted by Dids MacDonald of Anti-Copying in Design and our Kelly Hudson. You can reserve your place at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3BHU-T6hR-yHJFHg6AmV7Q.

Posted by: Tom Staveley in: Copyright, Legal News

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