January 23, 2012

80s Rock Band Argues Copyright Claim Is Time Barred

McCarthy et al. v. Johannesson et al., No. 1:11-cv-07422 (N.D. Ill. filed Jan. 17, 2012) [Doc. 28].

In moving to dismiss pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6), defendants-- members of the 80s rock band "Poison" -- argue that because over 20-25 years have passed since plaintiffs claim that defendants violated plaintiffs' supposed copyright in four of plaintiffs' songs, the action is "spurious and hopelessly timebarred". Additionally, defendants argued that several of the claims are barred because plaintiffs do no have copyright registrations for the songs at issue.