John Krieger (Member, Las Vegas) was quoted in a article titled McCartney’s Deal With Sony to Regain Beatles Tunes Seen as Blow for Artists’ Rights,” published July 3rd.  The article discusses McCartney’s recent settlement with Sony/ATV over a dispute regarding the rights to the songs he wrote while he was a member of the Beatles.

“I think this serves as an affirmation that copyright law is intended to promote the artists and their art,” said attorney John L. Krieger, a copyrights specialist at Dickinson Wright in Las Vegas. “There have been others reaping the benefits of that art, and now a lot of artists will have their chance to see those benefits, if they live long enough.”  For the record labels, it’s a different story.  “They’re going to have to live with the fact that these older works, including some that are in catalogs they’ve paid a lot of money for, are fair game,” Krieger said. 

The article was also published in The Recorder and the New York Law JournalPlease click here to read the article.

Mr. Krieger is a member in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Entertainment & Sports Departments. He concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation in both state and federal court; prosecuting and defending clients for claims including trademark infringement, copyright infringement, patent infringement, domain name, and anti-counterfeiting litigation; as well as trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition. He can be reached in our Las Vegas office at 702-550-4439.