SBS Victorious In Salsa Copyright Case


A copyright fight involving the songs of such salseros as Celia Cruz has been brought to a halt by a Federal court in New York, bringing dances of victory to Spanish Broadcasting System and its legal counsel.

In a swift verdict on the first day of the trial, entertainment attorneys James Sammataro and Hans Hertell, with the Miami office of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan successfully defended SBS in a bench trial before the U.S. District for the Southern District of New York that involved a copyright suit filed by Latin American Music Company (LAMCO) and La Asociación de Compositores y Editores de Música Latinoamericana (ACEMLA). The plaintiffs claim to collectively own or control rights to over 40,000 musical compositions, including several from such salsa acts as Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe and the Fania All-Stars.  

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