Copyright Infringement Case Against Vassar & Wiseman Dismissed
May 1, 2009 at 3:11 PM (PT)
FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT Judge ALETA TRAUGER tossed out the copyright infringement case against UNIVERSAL RECORDS SOUTH artist PHIL VASSAR and songwriter CRAIG WISEMAN this week.
The case centered around the song, "Good Ole Days," written by VASSAR and WISEMAN. The song was released by VASSAR on ARISTA RECORDS in 2005.
The suit was filed in SEPTEMBER 2007 in NASHVILLE by songwriters, DAVE BRAINARD, DUSTIN EVANS and TIM MATTHEWS. Six of the claims were thrown out in earlier proceedings by the judge.
VASSAR said, “CRAIG and I feel vindicated. I feel like these guys [the plaintiffs] attacked CRAIG’s and my credibility as writers and artists. We are obviously going to defend these types of suits vigorously."
WISEMAN added, “PHIL and I take the songwriting process very seriously and we would never infringe on another’s work. Everyone involved in this case saw that it was meritless from the beginning and now the judge agrees with us.”