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Ace Arts LLC v. Sony/ATV Music Publishing, LLC et. al.

Court: United States District Court, Central District of California
Case No: 13-cv-4096

In 1964, in what would later signify the first incursion of the “British Invasion” into U.S. popular culture, The Beatles performed their first concert in the United States at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C.  Almost 50 years later, Ace Arts, LLC obtained the rights to distribute a documentary about the initial impact of The Beatles in America.  The documentary, which incorporates rare film footage of The Beatles’ first U.S. Concert, was to be screened in movie theaters across the country and later, to be available for purchase by fans and music historians alike.

On June 6, 2013, Wexler Wallace LLP, with co-counsel, filed a Complaint in the Central District of California against Defendants Apple Corps Limited and Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC for unlawfully interfering with the exhibition and distribution of the Documentary.  The complaint alleges violations of Section 1 of the Sherman Act, copyright misuse, tortious interference with contract, tortious interference with prospective economic relations, and unfair competition.

To learn more about the case, you can view the Complaint here.