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Simon and Alvin Copyright Infringement

Simon and Alvin Copyright Infringement

Simon and Alvin wrote, recorded and performed several songs together over the span of 10 years. They were joint owners of the copyright in the songs. They broke up, and each started pursuing a solo career. Simon re-released the first song he and Alvin did together, 11 years after its first release.

Consider the above scenario with Simon and Alvin. Alvin and Simon had a written agreement requiring authorization from the other person before one person could modify or reinvent in any way the music they had created together.

Assuming the same facts as in the problem last week, respond to the following:

  • Does Alvin have a cause of action for copyright infringement against Simon? Why or why not?
  • What liabilities does Simon have, if any?
  • What remedies does Alvin have against Simon, if any?

First, provide a memo containing an analysis regarding Alvin’s possible cause of action for copyright infringement, Simon’s potential liabilities, and the remedies potentially available to Alvin. Second, using the template, draft a brief in support of Alvin’s complaint for infringement. Using Bluebook format, include references to case law and statutes where appropriate.

Alvin Singer vs. Simon Singer 

Submission Details:

  • Name your document SUO_LGS4055_W3_A2_LastName_FirstInitial.doc. 
  • Post your response to the Submissions Area by the due date assigned.