Zomba Recording, LLC v. Lavandeira

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

10/11/2007

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

California

Disposition: 

Settled (total)

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
Zomba Recording, LLC filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement and conversion against popular Hollywood blogger Mario Lavandeira (aka Perez Hilton) for allegedly uploading unreleased Britney Spears tracks onto his celebrity gossip blog, www.perezhilton.com. Zomba, a Sony BMG subsidiary which owns the... read full description
Parties

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Mario Lavandeira (aka Perez Hilton); John Does 1-10

Type of Party: 

Organization

Type of Party: 

Individual

Location of Party: 

  • New York

Location of Party: 

  • California

Legal Counsel: 

Bryan Freedman, Gregory L Doll, Matthew Eric Voss, Michael M Amir
Description

Zomba Recording, LLC filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement and conversion against popular Hollywood blogger Mario Lavandeira (aka Perez Hilton) for allegedly uploading unreleased Britney Spears tracks onto his celebrity gossip blog, www.perezhilton.com.

Zomba, a Sony BMG subsidiary which owns the copyright in Spears' music, says that Lavadeira illegally obtained and posted ten completed and demo tracks for Spears' upcoming album "Blackout."

After Zomba complained to Lavandeira's ISP, some of the offending content was removed from his website, but Zomba maintains that some of its copyrighted material is still posted on Lavandeira's website.

Zomba claims that, as a result of the online leak of the Spears tracks, related Zomba Label Group company Jive Records has been forced to release Blackout on October 30, 2007, two weeks earlier than planned. Zomba is seeking unspecified damages, costs and an order restraining Lavandeira from continuing his alleged infringement of Zomba's copyright. Zomba also seeks punitive damages on their conversion claim.

Update:

06/30/2009 - The parties submitted a stipulation to dismiss the case, pursuant to an undisclosed settlement agreement.

07/08/2009 - The District Court judge dismissed the case, with prejudice.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Audio

Publication Medium: 

Blog

Subject Area: 

  • Copyright
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • California

Source of Law: 

  • United States
  • California

Court Name: 

United States District Court for the Central District of California

Court Type: 

Federal

Case Number: 

2:07cv06591

Relevant Documents: 

CMLP Information (Private)

CMLP Notes: 

Updated 6-5-08 (JMC)

Updated 06/15/2009 (LB)