Infringement Claim Dismissed In Country Music Spat Because No "Access"

Arnett v. Jackson, No. 5:16-cv-00872-D (E.D.N.C. Aug. 14, 2017) [Doc. 28].

A songwriter who claimed that his song "Remember Me" was infringed by country music star Alan Jackson's song "Remember When" had his copyright infringement claim dismissed under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) for failure to plausibly allege the defendant's access to the plaintiff's song.  The Plaintiff argued that Jackson had access to Remember Me because it was widely disseminated and sent to third-party intermediaries who knew Jackson.  But, the Court found that the fact that the plaintiff's song was available on the internet and that plaintiff had sold the song (without an allegation of commercial success) did not create an inference of access.  Further, the connections between the alleged third-party intermediaries was not close enough, and the plaintiff did not sufficiently allege how the songs were sufficiently similar in order to assume access.