Wilson v. Dynatone Publishing, No. 16-cv-104 (S.D.N.Y. April 10, 2017).
For two songs from the 1970s that were recently sampled in popular songs, Plaintiffs sought a declaratory judgment judgment that they are the copyright owners of the sampled songs and that the defendants' copyrights are invalid, and Plaintiffs also sought an accounting. The Court granted the defendants' motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6).
The Court found that the copyright ownership claims were untimely and barred by the statute of limitations. The claims accrued in the early 1970s. The accounting claims, in addition to an absence of allegations of a fiduciary relationship, also were time-barred.