January 14, 2013

Gershwin et al. v. WB Music Corp., No. 650117/2013 (Sup. Ct., N.Y. Co. filed Jan. 11, 2013).

Plaintiffs, successors-in-interest to the rights/copyrights of George Gershwin -- composer of iconic 20th Century music such as "Porgy and Bess" and "Rhapsody in Blue" - brought a contract action seeking to redress the Defendants' failure to pay music publishing royalties and other amounts ($5 million alleged damages).  The claims at issue are related to, inter alia, foreign rentals, ballet licensing, concert grand rights licensing, and performance rights organizations registrations.  Complaint here.