Intellectual Property Law

New Matter SUMMER 2015 Volume 40, Number 2

Case Comments

LOWELL ANDERSON Stetina Brunda Garred & Brucker


Whether viewed as a license or assignment, an agreement by members of the Four Seasons that granted the "exclusive right to use" their life stories, including biographies, names and likenesses, transferred rights that encompassed a derivative musical work based on those life stories. Granting exclusive rights to one’s life story while retaining the right over one’s biography would be self-defeating. Fact issues arose on reversionary rights. Summary judgment denying an equitable accounting was reversed and remanded. Corbello v. DeVito, 777 F.3d 1058, 113 U.S.P.Q.2d 1789 (9th Cir. 2015).


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