Music producers accuse entertainment company of copyright violations

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 8, 2018

LOS ANGELES — Music producers are suing an entertainment company, alleging copyright infringement.

LOS ANGELES — Music producers are suing an entertainment company, alleging copyright infringement.

WB Music Corp., Naughty Music, Tarpo Music Publishing, Notting Dale Songs, Sileno, and Irish Intellect Music filed a complaint Feb. 6 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Western Division against Los Angeles Entertainment, Inc., and owners, Jonathan S. Deveaux and Kenneth I. Gross, alleging unauthorized used of four copyrighted musical compositions.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 31, 2009, the defendants were terminated as members of the ASCAP because of their alleged failure to pay license fees. Despite ASCAP's attempts to contact the defendants, they allegedly continued to publicly perform copyrighted musical compositions written and owned by ASCAP members such as the plaintiffs at Savoy Entertainment Center. 

The suit says the defendants knowingly and intentionally violated the plaintiffs’ rights due to performing their musical compositions without receiving permission to do so. 

The plaintiffs allege the defendants have continued to publicly perform copyrighted musical compositions written and owned by ASCAP’s members.

The plaintiffs seek trial by jury, statutory damages between $750 and $30,000 in each cause of action, costs of action, attorney fees and all other just relief. They are represented by attorneys Sharon D. Mayo and Kathryn W. Hutchinson of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Western Division case number 2:18-cv-01196-RGK-AFM

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