Sony Music Can Claim Dylan Song Rights, EU Court Says
January 20, 2009 at 5:21 AM (PT)
SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT can claim the rights in GERMANY to some of BOB DYLAN’s most famous songs, including "Blowin’ in the Wind" and "Mr. Tambourine Man," reports BLOOMBERG.COM. The European Court of Justice said SONY MUSIC’s copyrighted works can be protected under EU law as long as they were registered in one of the region’s nations by mid-1995.
The ruling goes against GERMAN courts where SONY MUSIC had failed to block GERMAN music producer FALCON NEUE MEDIEN VERTRIEB AG from selling albums with DYLAN songs released in the U.S. in 1964 and 1965. FALCON had argued SONY MUSIC, owner of the DYLAN song rights, had no rights to the disputed songs in GERMANY because until 1966 the country didn’t have a relevant copyright law.
The DYLAN tunes in dispute come from the three albums, "The Times They Are A-Changin’," "Highway 61 Revisited" and "Bringing It All Back Home." They are among the most widely known in the catalog owned by SONY BMG, which is now known as SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT after SONY CORP. bought out BERTELSMANN AG’s 50% stake in the joint venture last year.