Warner Music, rock band Jesus and Mary Chain end U.S. copyright lawsuit

Warner Music Group Corp (WMG.O) and Scottish rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain have agreed to end a lawsuit over the band’s attempt to terminate the music label’s rights in its music, according court papers filed Thursday.

The parties said in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that they had agreed to dismiss the band’s lawsuit with prejudice, which means it cannot be filed again.

A lawyer for the band, Neema Amini, said the dispute had been “amicably resolved,” but did not provide details of the settlement. Representatives for Warner Music did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The influential alternative rock band filed its lawsuit in 2021. Its founding members Jim and William Reid accused Warner Music of refusing to acknowledge their notice to the label that they were reclaiming their copyrights in their landmark 1985 debut album “Psychocandy” and other recordings.

U.S. copyright law allows creators to terminate transfers of their work after 35 years under certain circumstances. The law has been the subject of lawsuits by and against a variety of musicians, screenwriters and other artists.

https://www.reuters.com/legal/warner-music-rock-band-jesus-mary-chain-end-us-copyright-lawsuit-2023-03-02/