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  • ‘Spinal Tap’ Actors Add Universal To $400M Royalties Suitmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Law 360 (OCTOBER 10, 2017)

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    Law360, San Francisco (October 19, 2017, 4:58 PM EDT) — Four film stars on Thursday beefed up allegations in their $400 million suit against French media giant Vivendi SA over alleged unpaid royalties for their roles in the 1984 sleeper hit “This Is Spinal Tap,” adding details about the alleged fraud and new claims against … Continue reading "‘Spinal Tap’ Actors Add Universal To $400M Royalties Suit"

  • ‘Spinal Tap’ Lawsuit Now Seeks Confirmation That Creators Reclaimed Rightsmore_vert

    Originally posted by: The Hollywood Reporter (OCTOBER 10, 2017)

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    Spinal Tap co-creators Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest have now filed an amended complaint in their $400 million lawsuit against Vivendi. A few weeks ago, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled that the companies belonging to three of the actors didn’t have standing to sue, but opened the door to them suing individually as third-party beneficiaries … Continue reading "‘Spinal Tap’ Lawsuit Now Seeks Confirmation That Creators Reclaimed Rights"

  • ‘Spinal Tap’ Actors File Amended Complaint, Seek Ability to Reclaim Copyrightsmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Variety (OCTOBER 10, 2017)

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    Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner, the four co-creators of the band at the center of the 1984 “mockumentary” film “This is Spinal Tap,” have filed amendments to their ongoing lawsuit filed against Vivendi’s Universal Music Group and Studiocanal for alleged underpayment of music royalties in the film, including adding UMG as a defendant … Continue reading "‘Spinal Tap’ Actors File Amended Complaint, Seek Ability to Reclaim Copyrights"

  • ‘Spinal Tap’ Lawsuit Now Seeks Confirmation That Creators Reclaimed Rightsmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Billboard (OCTOBER 10, 2017)

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    Spinal Tap co-creators Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest have now filed an amended complaint in their $400 million lawsuit against Vivendi. A few weeks ago, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled that the companies belonging to three of the actors didn’t have standing to sue, but opened the door to them suing individually as third-party beneficiaries … Continue reading "‘Spinal Tap’ Lawsuit Now Seeks Confirmation That Creators Reclaimed Rights"

  • Spinal Tap creators amend their Vivendi litigation, add Universal Music as a defendantmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Complete Music Update (OCTOBER 10, 2017)

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    The four creators of ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ have filed amendments to their ongoing litigation against Universal Music owner Vivendi. The new filings make new and more specific allegations against the French entertainment conglomerate, while also adding Universal Music itself as a co-defendant. Read more: Spinal Tap creators amend their Vivendi litigation, add Universal Music … Continue reading "Spinal Tap creators amend their Vivendi litigation, add Universal Music as a defendant"

  • Vivendi Headquarters Raided by Police Amid Spat With Mediasetmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Variety (OCTOBER 5, 2017)

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    Vivendi’s Paris headquarters were raided by police Thursday as part of an investigation into alleged market manipulation involving its acquisition of a stake in Italian broadcaster Mediaset. The probe was launched by Milan prosecutors following a criminal complaint filed by Mediaset and its majority shareholder Fininvest, a holding owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio … Continue reading "Vivendi Headquarters Raided by Police Amid Spat With Mediaset"

  • Canal+ contre-attaque sur le dossier des droits d’auteurmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Le Figaro (July 11 2017)

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    Maxime Saada, DG du groupe, répond à la polémique sur le non-versement de 50 millions d’euros. Canal + repart à l’offensive. Vivement critiqué pour ne plus verser aucun droit d’auteur depuis fin 2016, le groupe de Vincent Bolloré a décidé de sortir de sa réserve. «Nous avons le sentiment d’une profonde iniquité», confie son directeur … Continue reading "Canal+ contre-attaque sur le dossier des droits d’auteur"

  • Writers & Directors Worldwide Meets with Harry Shearer of the “Fairness Rocks” campaign to Share Best Practice in Fight for Authors’ Rightsmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Writers & Directors Worldwide (July 11 2017)

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    On the 23 June, Writers & Directors Worldwide president, Yves Nilly, met with acclaimed author, director and actor, Harry Shearer to discuss their shared experiences of audiovisual rights campaigning. While Writers & Directors Worldwide has been successfully pursuing legislative changes via The Audiovisual Campaign, Mr. Shearer has been fighting his own battle for equitable remuneration … Continue reading "Writers & Directors Worldwide Meets with Harry Shearer of the “Fairness Rocks” campaign to Share Best Practice in Fight for Authors’ Rights"

  • Spinal Tap vs. Hollywoodmore_vert

    Originally posted by: GQ (May 31 2017)

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    For years, Harry Shearer, one of the creators of the comedy classic This Is Spinal Tap, received royalty checks for the movie that could barely cover a day’s supply of foil-wrapped zucchini. Now he’s got the band back together (in court) to find out what happened to the rest of the money and, they hope, … Continue reading "Spinal Tap vs. Hollywood"

  • This Lawsuit Goes to 11more_vert

    Originally posted by: Bloomberg Business Week (April 20 2017)

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    The creators of This is Spinal Tap, the most influential mockumentary ever made, have been paid almost nothing. The rock gods are angry. In comedy, as in rock ’n’ roll, nothing is quite as easy as it looks. And so it makes sense that several years before the 1984 release of the legendary rock ’n’ … Continue reading "This Lawsuit Goes to 11"

  • Harry Shearer: Why My ‘Spinal Tap’ Lawsuit Affects All Creatorsmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Rolling Stone (April 4 2017)

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    “We are motivated by a desire to highlight the longstanding and improper accounting practices in the music and film industries,” actor writes A little over three decades ago, This Is Spinal Tap perfectly parodied hard-rock excess with a pint-sized Stonehenge, amps that go “one louder” and the unforgettable phrase “Hello Cleveland.” Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/harry-shearer-why-my-spinal-tap-lawsuit-affects-all-creators-w474441

  • The Terminator Comes to Hollywood to Destroy Old Copyright Grantsmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Hollywood Reporter (March 30 2017)

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    From a mockumentary classic to an Oscar-winning best picture, studios are fighting to hold onto properties from hungry authors. In James Cameron’s sci-fi classic, The Terminator, a cyborg is sent back in time to assassinate. Something similar is playing out in Hollywood at the moment thanks to a mid-1970s change to copyright law that allows … Continue reading "The Terminator Comes to Hollywood to Destroy Old Copyright Grants"

  • ‘Spinal Tap’ Actors Blast Studio’s ‘Threat’ In Royalty Rowmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Law 360 (March 30 2017)

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    By Melissa Daniels Law360, Los Angeles (March 30, 2017, 6:48 PM EDT) — The co-creators of “This Is Spinal Tap” on Wednesday defended their right to bring a $400 million royalty suit against Vivendi SA, in the process calling out the French media giant for a “grossly inappropriate litigation threat” against actor Harry Shearer. Shearer … Continue reading "‘Spinal Tap’ Actors Blast Studio’s ‘Threat’ In Royalty Row"

  • ‘Spinal Tap’ creators fire back at current owners in courtmore_vert

    Originally posted by: The New Post (March 30 2017)

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    The creators of “Spinal Tap” have turned the legal volume up to 11 in an effort to advance their $400 million suit against the movie’s current owner. In pleadings filed on Wednesday, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner derided a legal threat in Los Angeles federal court by Vivendi, which came to … Continue reading "‘Spinal Tap’ creators fire back at current owners in court"

  • Spinal Tap creators hit out at Vivendi’s “distracting and obfuscatory conduct”more_vert

    Originally posted by: Complete Music Update (March 30 2017)

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    The creators of ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ have responded to Vivendi’s response to their $400 million lawsuit, mainly focusing on the termination right element of the case. Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner all accuse Vivendi – which controls the ‘Spinal Tap’ movie via its StudioCanal business and the soundtrack via Universal … Continue reading "Spinal Tap creators hit out at Vivendi’s “distracting and obfuscatory conduct”"

  • Spinal Tap creators respond to ‘grossly inappropriate” claim their lawsuit should be thrown outmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Music Week (March 30 2017)

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    This Is Spinal Tap co-creators Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner have responded to Vivendi’s claim that their lawsuit should be thrown out, describing the French company’s behaviour as “grossly inappropriate”. The original complaint, made by Shearer’s service company Century of Progress Productions [Case No. 2:16-cv-07733] was filed on October 17 2016. … Continue reading "Spinal Tap creators respond to ‘grossly inappropriate” claim their lawsuit should be thrown out"

  • ‘Spinal Tap’ Stars Blasted for ‘Absurdly’ Filed $400 Million Lawsuitmore_vert

    Originally posted by: The Wrap (3 March 2017)

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    The 1984 film “This Is Spinal Tap” might be a beloved cult classic, but it was far from a blockbuster. At least that’s the assertion in a new filing relating to the $400 million lawsuit revolving around the movie. In papers filed Tuesday, Vivendi and Studiocanal say that “Spinal Tap” stars Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, … Continue reading "‘Spinal Tap’ Stars Blasted for ‘Absurdly’ Filed $400 Million Lawsuit"

  • ‘Spinal Tap’ Defendants File Motion To Dismiss Lawsuitmore_vert

    Originally posted by: WROR (3 March 2017)

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    French media giant Vivendi SA blasted back Tuesday at a lawsuit claiming it underpaid royalties for the cult classic “This Is Spinal Tap,” calling the suit’s demand of $400 million in damages “absurd.” The studio’s filing in California federal court came in the form of a limited motion seeking to dismiss the movie’s actors — … Continue reading "‘Spinal Tap’ Defendants File Motion To Dismiss Lawsuit"

  • Vivendi Calls $400M ‘Spinal Tap’ Royalties Claim ‘Absurd’more_vert

    Originally posted by: LAW 360 (3 March 2017)

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    French media giant Vivendi SA blasted back Tuesday at a lawsuit claiming it underpaid royalties for the cult classic “This Is Spinal Tap,” calling the suit’s demand of $400 million in damages “absurd.” The studio’s filing in California federal court came in the form of a limited motion seeking to dismiss the movie’s actors — … Continue reading "Vivendi Calls $400M ‘Spinal Tap’ Royalties Claim ‘Absurd’"

  • Media company bosses seek dismissal of £320 million Spinal Tap lawsuitmore_vert

    Originally posted by: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER (3 March 2017)

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    Forget an 11. This one is now up to at least 18. Earlier this month, This Is Spinal Tap co-creators Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, along with the 1984 film’s director Rob Reiner, joined Harry Shearer in a lawsuit that alleges they’ve been denied as much as $400 million in contingent compensation from Vivendi and … Continue reading "Media company bosses seek dismissal of £320 million Spinal Tap lawsuit"

  • Media company bosses seek dismissal of $400 million Spinal Tap lawsuitmore_vert

    Originally posted by: XPOSE (3 March 2017)

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    In October (16) Harry Shearer, who played bassist Derek Smalls in the beloved 1984 spoof rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap filed a lawsuit alleging Vivendi bosses had cheated him and the film’s co-creators out of its profits, seeking $125 million (£100 million).   Last month (Feb17) the film’s director Rob Reiner and Harry’s co-stars Christopher … Continue reading "Media company bosses seek dismissal of $400 million Spinal Tap lawsuit"

  • Vivendi seeks dismissal of Spinal Tap’s $400 million lawsuitmore_vert

    Originally posted by: METAL INDSIDER (3 March 2017)

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    Last year, Harry Shearer filed a lawsuit against Vivendi Universal about This is Spinal Tap, a classic 1984 film that started the mockumentary genre that’s continued on to this day. And while there have been plenty of lawsuits against movie studios or record labels, the lawsuit alleged that Shearer and co-creators Christopher Guest and Michael … Continue reading "Vivendi seeks dismissal of Spinal Tap’s $400 million lawsuit"

  • Vivendi says $400 million Spinal Tap legal claim “absurd”more_vert

    Originally posted by: Complete Music Update (3 March 2017)

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    Universal Music owner Vivendi would like everyone to know that it has “genuine admiration for the talents of Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner”. But all things considered, the company would prefer it if all four creators of ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ would just fuck off and die. Well, I’m paraphrasing slightly. … Continue reading "Vivendi says $400 million Spinal Tap legal claim “absurd”"

  • “Spinal Tap” Owners Demand Dismissal of $400 Million Lawsuitmore_vert

    Originally posted by: JD JOURNAL (3 March 2017)

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    Vivendi is cranking their lawsuit up to an 11. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the owner of “This Is Spinal Tap” has fought back against the $400 lawsuit filed by the cult movie’s creators and stars. The media conglomerate asked for the lawsuit to be thrown out, stating that the plaintiffs have no rights to their work-for-hire … Continue reading "“Spinal Tap” Owners Demand Dismissal of $400 Million Lawsuit"

  • ‘Spinal Tap’ owners attempt to get creators’ $400M suit tossedmore_vert

    Originally posted by: NEW YORK POST (3 March 2017)

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    The foursome behind the “Spinal Tap” mockumentary — Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner — should have the volume of their $400 million suit against Vivendi turned down to zero, the company said on Wednesday.   Vivendi’s StudioCanal unit, which owns the movie, asked a judge to toss the suit. The four filed suit … Continue reading "‘Spinal Tap’ owners attempt to get creators’ $400M suit tossed"

  • VIVENDI MOVES TO DISMISS ‘TAP’ SUITmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Pollstar (3 March 2017)

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    Vivendi S.A. and Studiocanal say they have “genuine admiration” for “This Is Spinal Tap” stars Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner, but their $400 million claim for damages is “absurd” and they should be dismissed from their own suit.   The companies moved to dismiss the comedians in a Feb. 28 U.S. District … Continue reading "VIVENDI MOVES TO DISMISS ‘TAP’ SUIT"

  • Le faux groupe de rock Spinal Tap porte plainte contre Vivendimore_vert

    Originally posted by: Le Figaro (10 Feb 2017)

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    Le réalisateur Rob Reiner ainsi que les acteurs Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer et Michael McKean se réunissent pour réclamer 400 millions de dollars à la compagnie de Vincent Bolloré, qu’ils accusent d’escroquerie. Le faux groupe de hard rock le plus célèbre du cinéma est de retour, mais pas là où on l’attendait. En effet, la … Continue reading "Le faux groupe de rock Spinal Tap porte plainte contre Vivendi"

  • Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean Join Harry Shearer’s $400 Million This Is Spinal Tap Lawsuitmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Spin (8 Feb 2017)

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    Christopher Guest, Rob Reiner, and Michael McKean have joined their This Is Spinal Tap co-star Harry Shearer’s lawsuit against against Vivendi SA over alleged fraudulent accounting related to the 1984 cult classic. Shearer first filed the lawsuit last October, claiming that Vivendi only reported $98 in total income from soundtrack music sales and $81 in … Continue reading "Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean Join Harry Shearer’s $400 Million This Is Spinal Tap Lawsuit"

  • Spinal Tap Crew Joins Harry Shearer’s $400 Million Lawsuit Against Vivendimore_vert

    Originally posted by: Rolling Stone (8 Feb 2017)

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    This Is Spinal Tap actors Christopher Guest and Michael McKean and the mockumentary’s director Rob Reiner have joined co-star Harry Shearer’s lawsuit against the film’s rights holder Vivendi. In October, Shearer filed a $125 million lawsuit against Vivendi, alleging accounting misappropriation, fraud and breach of contract in regards to the 1984 cult classic and its … Continue reading "Spinal Tap Crew Joins Harry Shearer’s $400 Million Lawsuit Against Vivendi"

  • Spinal Tap bandmates join lawsuit over film’s profitsmore_vert

    Originally posted by: The Washington Post (8 Feb 2017)

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    Spinal Tap has reunited — this time in a Los Angeles court to challenge the French studio Vivendi S.A. for millions in profits from the classic mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap.” Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner on Tuesday joined a federal lawsuit filed by bandmate and Spinal Tap co-creator Harry Shearer. Shearer, who … Continue reading "Spinal Tap bandmates join lawsuit over film’s profits"

  • Spinal Tap creators aim to ‘go to 11’ with $400m lawsuitmore_vert

    Originally posted by: The Guardian (8 Feb 2017)

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    The band members from cult rock mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap have agreed to reunite in a bid they claim will ensure a $400m (£321m) lawsuit against media firm Vivendi “goes to 11”. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/feb/08/spinal-tap-lawsuit-harry-shearer-rob-reiner-vivendi

  • Spinal Tap get the band back together for Vivendi lawsuitmore_vert

    Originally posted by: FINANCIAL TIMES (8 Feb 2017)

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    A lawsuit alleging that Vivendi, the French media conglomerate, engaged in “anti-competitive behaviour” and “fraudulent accounting” in its management of the royalties generated by the movie This Is Spinal Tap has been turned up to 11. Read more: https://www.ft.com/content/41a47b96-8ba6-37a4-b0ec-53e62f5fabc7

  • Les co-créateurs du film “This is Spinal tap” rejoignent une plainte contre Vivendimore_vert

    Originally posted by: AFP (8 Feb 2017)

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    Les co-créateurs du film “This is Spinal tap” rejoignent une plainte contre Vivendi 8 February 2017 Trois co-créateurs du film culte “This is Spinal tap” se sont joints à une plainte contre Vivendi, l’accusant de “fraude” dans la gestion des droits de la comédie sortie en 1984 et réclamant 400 millions de dollars, selon un … Continue reading "Les co-créateurs du film “This is Spinal tap” rejoignent une plainte contre Vivendi"

  • LES ECHOS (16 Dec 2016)more_vert

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    LES ECHOS:   LE CERCLE/POINT DE VUE    16 December 16 Il faut rétablir le droit pour les auteurs à une rémunération proportionnelle à l’utilisation de leurs oeuvres. On nous chante aujourd’hui à longueur de temps les valeurs de l’économie de partage et de l’économie collaborative ; les réseaux sont sociaux et ouverts, et on … Continue reading "LES ECHOS (16 Dec 2016)"

  • Creators Rights: Harry Shearer, known as the voice of The Simpsons, Fights Vivendi in the USmore_vert

    Originally posted by: LE MONDE ECONOMIE (1 Dec 2016)

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    1st December 2016 Full article available here: http://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2016/12/01/droits-d-auteur-harry-shearer-connu-pour-etre-la-voix-des-simpsons-attaque-vivendi-aux-etats-unis_5041434_3234.html#lVKyK9T8oc0bKhx4.99 Translation: Creators Rights: Harry Shearer, known as the voice of The Simpsons, Fights Vivendi in the US By filing a complaint against the producer, the American denounces the fraudulent practices of Hollywood studios over remuneration for artists. For fear of being placed on a blacklist, artists rarely … Continue reading "Creators Rights: Harry Shearer, known as the voice of The Simpsons, Fights Vivendi in the US"

  • Spinal Tap star turns it up to 11 in fight for royaltiesmore_vert

    Originally posted by: FT (22 Oct 2016)

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    (22 October 2016)   The artist’s law suit comes at a time of deepening suspicion of platform owners Philip Delves Broughton There can only be one winner in the case of the actor Harry Shearer v Vivendi, the French media group, over royalties from the 1984 film, This is Spinal Tap. And it’s bad news, … Continue reading "Spinal Tap star turns it up to 11 in fight for royalties"

  • Spinal Tap’s bass player sues former French sewermore_vert

    Originally posted by: The Register (18 Oct 2016)

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    (18 Oct 2016) Actor, writer and director Harry Shearer, who played Derek Smalls in the band Spinal Tap, is suing the owners of the movie This Is Spinal Tap over royalties. Read the full article on The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/18/harry_shearer_spinal_tap_lawsuit/    

  • Harry Shearer sues Vivendi over Spinal Tap profitsmore_vert

    Originally posted by: BBC (18 Oct 2016)

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    (18 Oct 2016) Harry Shearer is taking legal action against entertainment group Vivendi, claiming it has denied him and others profits from 1984’s This is Spinal Tap. Read the full article on The BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37688670    

  • Harry Shearer Files $125 Million ‘Spinal Tap’ Fraud Suit, Copyright Terminationmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Hollywood Reporter (18 Oct 2016)

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    (18 Oct 2016) Harry Shearer has launched a $125 million fraud and contract-breach lawsuit against Vivendi and StudioCanal over the 1984 rockumentary classic This Is Spinal Tap. Read the full article on The Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/harry-shearer-files-125-million-939205    

  • UNIVERSAL CAUGHT UP IN $125M LAWSUIT AS SPINAL TAP STAR ACCUSES VIVENDI OF FRAUDmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Music Business Worldwide (18 Oct 2016)

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    (18 Oct 2016) This Is Spinal Tap star Harry Shearer is suing Universal parent Vivendi for what he alleges is dramatic and deliberate under-payment of music royalties. Read the full article on Music Business Worldwide: http://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/universal-caught-lawsuit-spinal-tap-star-sues-vivendi-125m/    

  • La “voix des Simpsons” porte plainte contre Vivendimore_vert

    Originally posted by: Le figaro (18 Oct 2016)

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    (18 Oct 2016) L’acteur américain Harry Shearer, voix de nombreux personnages de la série animée “Les Simpsons”, a annoncé mardi attaquer en justice Vivendi. Read the full article on Le Fiagro: http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-eco/2016/10/18/97002-20161018FILWWW00144-la-voix-des-simpsons-porte-plainte-contre-vivendi.php    

  • Actor Harry Shearer Sues Over ‘Spinal Tap’ Royaltiesmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Wall Street Journal (18 Oct 2016)

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    (18 Oct 2016) Comedian and actor Harry Shearer said in a lawsuit filed Monday that he’s been bilked for years out of profits generated by “This Is Spinal Tap,” Read the full article on The Wall Street Journal: http://www.wsj.com/articles/actor-harry-shearer-sues-over-spinal-tap-royalties-1476826458    

  • This is the £100m Spinal Tap lawsuitmore_vert

    Originally posted by: The Times (19 Oct 2016)

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    (19 Oct 2016) In the celebrated 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, members of a fictional rock band toured the world under the tutelage of a hapless manager. Read the full article on The Times: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/this-is-the-100m-spinal-tap-lawsuit-8vc5tx98g    

  • Spinal Tap bassist sues Vivendi for $125mmore_vert

    Originally posted by: FT (18 Oct 2016)

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    (18 Oct 2016) Harry Shearer, who played bass guitarist Derek Smalls in the 1984 “rockumentary”This is Spinal Tap, has gone “to 11” with a $125m lawsuit against Vivendi. Read the full article on FT.com: https://www.ft.com/content/6ff840a0-9516-11e6-a80e-bcd69f323a8b    

  • Guardian: New EU copyright rules could boost media groupsmore_vert

    Originally posted by: The Guardian (14 Sept 2016)

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    (14 Sept 2016) Publishers, musicians and TV makers could find it easier to make money from use of their work on YouTube, Google News and Facebook The EU is proposing strict new copyright rules aimed at making it easier for musicians, TV makers and publishers to make money out of their work online. Google could … Continue reading "Guardian: New EU copyright rules could boost media groups"

  • FT: Vincent Bolloré increases stake in Vivendimore_vert

    Originally posted by: FT (12 Oct 2016)

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    (12 Oct 2016) Vincent Bolloré has tightened his grip on Vivendi, pushing his stake in the Paris-based media and content group above the 20 per cent threshold for the first time. Read the full article on FT.com: https://www.ft.com/content/4f5b73e0-8eee-11e6-a72e-b428cb934b78    

  • Broadband TV News: Losses continue at Canal+ Francemore_vert

    Originally posted by: Les Jours (April 2016)

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    (April 2016) Article originally posted here: http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/04/28/losses-continue-at-canal-france/   According to French news website LesJours.fr, which has obtained a confidential document, the Canal+ group recorded a net loss of 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2016.    

  • Music Business Worldwide: Artist Backlashmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Music Business Worldwide (April 2016)

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    (April 2016) Article originally posted here: http://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/artist-backlash-over-youtubes-royalty-payments-grows-noisier/ While YouTube swats away major label criticism, anger amongst the artist community over royalties paid out by the video giant is steadily getting louder.  

  • ‘Fair Play, Fair Pay Act’ Introduced, Seeks Cash from Radio Stationsmore_vert

    Originally posted by: Billboard (13 Apr 2015)

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    (13 April 2015) Article originally posted here: http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/6531693/fair-play-fair-pay-act-performance-royalty-radio   The U.S. music industry is attempting yet again to get artists paid for master recordings and performance rights when their songs are broadcast. Will terrestrial radio cave?    

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Aria Partners

Paris, 75008

Jean de Belot
Jdebelot@aria-partners.com
Alexandre.levy@aria-partners.com
Violaine.naud@aria-partners.com



Office +33 6 07 41 58 52
Mobile: +33 1 56 33 70 64

UK:

Bell Yard Communications

London, EC4

Melanie Riley
Louise Beeson
Sarah Peters
BellYard@bell-yard.com



Office: +44 20 7936 2021
Mobile: +44 7775 591244

US:

LEVICK

Washington DC

Ian McCaleb
Bryant Madden
Mona Amin
imccaleb@levick.com
bmadden@levick.com
mona.amin@levick.com

Office: +1 202 973 5303
Cell: +1 202 779 0587

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