Jenner & Block

Firm Secures Defense Victory for Client UMG in Copyright Dispute

Jenner & Block secured a complete defense victory for client Universal-Polygram International Publishing and Capitol Records (UMG) and members of The Beastie Boys when the Southern District of New York granted a motion for summary judgment dismissing a copyright infringement complaint.  The plaintiff, Tuf America, claimed The Beastie Boys infringed on sound recordings by the 1980s band Trouble Funk in creating certain Beastie Boys recordings. The court had dismissed four of the six claims in September 2013.  On March 24, 2015, the court concluded that the plaintiff lacked standing to assert the remaining two claims, thus ending the battle.  The team representing UMG included Partner Andrew H. Bart and Associate Nathaniel H. Benforado.  News of the victory was reported in The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard.