Classic Rockers Send Their Lawyers After Wolfgang's Vault
from the rock-and-roll dept
However, it appears that the folks at Wolfgang's Vault may have exaggerated the rights that they bought from the Graham estate -- at least that's the claim of a bunch of classic rock legends, including the Grateful Dead, the Doors, Led Zeppelin and Carlos Santana, who are suing the company for using the material and selling merchandise without their permission. In the end, this may come down to whatever contracts Graham signed with the bands concerning what he was allowed to do with the content -- though, "streaming it on the web" probably wasn't covered by these contracts considering they were signed at least a decade before the web even existed. Of course, it's amusing to note that the last lawsuit involving Bill Graham's Archives put them on the flipside of the intellectual property world, as they tried (and failed) to sue a publisher for using images of Grateful Dead concert posters in a book about the band without first getting permission. In that case, the court noted that the use was covered under fair use rules, despite the commercial nature of the book. Looks like their aggressive moves concerning intellectual property ownership may be coming back to bite the company now.