U.S. copyrights dispute

Bell Yard has assisted members of an iconic British band from the 80s, seeking to take advantage of US statute which allows for the revision of US copyrights after 35 years. The tracks affected appear on each of their first 3 albums, plus of their Bond title theme, the only such title theme that reached No1 in the singles charts. 

The songwriters were challenged in the English High Court by the global rights holder which claimed their UK contracts prohibit the return to the creators of their US copyrights, notwithstanding the automatic right of creators in the US to reclaim ownership. Given the songwriters’ prominence, there was media interest in this case reaching from The Daily Mail to Music Week. Bell Yard helped manage the messaging and songwriters’ responses to the media interest as the claim was rejected by the court. An appeal is being considered.

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