Judge awards EMI record label rights to ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’

Southern District of New York Judge shoots down second attempt of composer’s family to reclaim ownership

Many see Christmas as a beacon in the season of perpetual hope, a time to give, share and settle petty squabbles with clemency. Those people have likely never been embroiled in a copyright battle for one of the most lucrative songs of the season; members in that camp can attest that regardless of the mood of the season, sharing does not come first.

That certainly seems to be the feeling in a recent ruling that determined the ownership of the popular Christmas song “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” On Dec. 16, Judge Shira Scheindlin of the Southern District of New York rebuffed an attempt by the family of the song’s composer that would have wrestled ownership from the EMI Feist Catalog, Inc. record label.

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Chris DiMarco, Executive Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, has a background in multimedia production with previous involvement in projects in which he developed and created content...

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