In Lava v. Amurao, pending in the Southern District of New York, in White Plains, Judge Charles L. Brieant has entered an order denying the RIAA's motion to dismiss counterclaims for (a) declaratory judgment of non-infringement and (b) copyright misuse.
The Judge also granted the motion of the Electronic Frontier Foundation for leave to file an amicus curiae brief.
The copyright misuse counterclaim calls for the plaintiffs to forfeit their copyrights in the songs which form the basis for their suit, on the ground that they are "competitors in the business of recorded music.....[and] are a cartel acting collusively in violation of the antitrust laws and public policy, by litigating and settling all cases similar to this one together, and by entering into an unlawful agreement among themselves to prosecute and to dispose of all cases in an identical manner and through common lawyers..... Such actions represent an attempt....to secure for themselves rights far exceeding those provided by copyright laws......Such acts constitute misuse of copyrights, and lead to a forfeiture of the exclusive rights.....".
May 23, 2007, Order of Hon. Charles L. Brieant, Denying RIAA's Motion to Dismiss Counterclaims for Declaratory Judgment and Copyright Misuse, and Granting EFF Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief*
Mr. Amurao is represented by Richard A. Altman of Manhattan.
* Document published online at Internet Law & Regulation
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