Music archive Wolfgang’s Vault resolves copyright combat over concert recordings

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  • Rocker Greg Kihn sued on line archive about allegedly unauthorized live performance recordings
  • 9th Circuit rejected class action position earlier this thirty day period

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(Reuters) – Online live performance archive Wolfgang’s Vault has attained an arrangement to close a dispute with a musician who accused it of violating his copyrights by putting up his band’s concerts without the need of permission, in accordance to a California federal court docket filing.

The get-togethers agreed to dismiss the scenario with prejudice, which indicates it can not be refiled.

The stipulation follows the 9th U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals’ decision to break up Greg Kihn’s class action towards the internet site earlier this thirty day period.

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Wolfgang’s Vault hosts countless numbers of audio and video clip recordings of concert events by performers which includes the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. It and operator William Sagan have confronted various copyright infringement lawsuits, together with 1 brought by the Doorways, Carlos Santana and other people that settled in 2008, and a further in which a group of publishers gained approximately $200,000 from the web site in 2020.

Kihn explained he hardly ever approved the recording or distribution of the Greg Kihn Band’s reveals on Wolfgang’s Vault. He sued in 2017 on behalf of himself and other folks whose live performance recordings the website allegedly available with no authorization.

The 9th Circuit reversed a decision to certify two musician courses previously this month, discovering that Kihn had failed to establish that concerns popular to the classes predominated about his have statements.

Wolfgang’s Vault’s legal professional Michael Elkin stated they had no remark beyond the ruling. Kihn’s lawyer didn’t straight away react to a ask for for comment.

The situation is Kihn v. Wolfgang’s Vault, U.S. District Courtroom for the Northern District of California, No. 4:17-cv-05343.

For Kihn: Daniel Warshaw of Pearson, Simon & Warshaw and Neville Johnson of Johnson & Johnson

For Wolfgang’s Vault: Michael Elkin of Winston & Strawn

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