- A federal judge refused WWE's motion to dismiss a copyright suit against them by James D. Papa and his company, Papa Berg Inc. The composer sued WWE, Stephanie Music Publishing Inc., Michael "P.S. Hayes" Seitz and WWE composer Jim Johnston for using the song "Badstreet USA," which he co-wrote with Seitz, and not paying royalties. The song was the Fabulous Freebirds wrestling theme and was used in the "Legends of Wrestlemania" video game.
According to Papa, he registered the song for licensing in 1983 and retained all rights. Papa had checked to see if the song was properly registered to him and his companies after video game publisher THQ contacted him about using the song in the video game. He discovered that the song was "improperly and erroneously re-registered" by WWE and given a new registration number, which resulted in WWE receiving royalties for the song, which has been used in DVDs, matches on WWE television and as ring tones on cell phones.
"The court does not doubt Papa's claim that he did not discover WWE's alleged tortious acts until late 2010, less than three years prior to the filing of the complaint," U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle wrote in denying the motion. "Nevertheless, the complaint, while alleging that defendants' registration was improper, admits on its face that all of the protected works were re-registered under the name of Michael Seitz or James Alan Johnston as songwriters and composers with Stephanie Music as publisher."
The judge did dismiss the individual claims against Johnston and Seitz, you can read more about the case at this link.
Today In Wrestling History 8/2: Ron Simmons Wins WCW Title, Famous 1996 G1 Climax Kicks Off
Roddy Piper On The Rock And Current Talent Showing Him Respect In One Of His Final Interviews
Update On New Gimmicks For Several WWE Talents
Daniel Bryan Talks Reaction To WWE Firing In 2010, If He Would Retire After Having A Child, More
More Dana White Backlash, CM Punk On Wrestling Being "Fake," Bully Ray Wants Apology, More
Former TNA Star Wants WrestleMania Moment; Talks His Faith, More
Tough Enough's Patrick And Mada Team Up In Indy Match (Video), Patrick Says He Equals Ratings
Breaking News: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper Dead At 61
Rob Van Dam Confirms His WWE Status, Comments On Possibly Retiring From The Ring
WWE Officials Reportedly Want Tough Enough Competitor To Be Eliminated Next Tuesday
WWE Star Takes Homeless Couple To Restaurant, Returns With Big Group Due To "Distant" Manager
UFC 190: Rousey Vs. Correia Recap: Ronda Rousey Continues To Make History