Monday 25 September 2017

Singer Duhan settles decade-long action

Tim Healy

SINGER-songwriter Johnny Duhan has settled a long running legal dispute with RTE and a Dutch TV production company over the alleged unlicenced reproduction of a performance of his song 'The Voyage' by the Three Tenors.

The case was launched over a decade ago after Mr Duhan claimed his copyright and moral rights in the song had been breached by the defendant companies.

It was claimed the recordings of The Three Tenors took place during a date some time in 1999 at the RDS in Dublin and at different venues in the US.

Mr Duhan alleged that those recordings of 'The Voyage' amounted to an infringement of his copyright.

In an action launched in 2002, Mr Duhan sued production companies Radius Television Production Ltd, TV Matters BV of Amsterdam, and RTE Commercial Enterprises Ltd.

He claimed unlicenced reproduction, which the defendants denied.

Yesterday at the High Court, Mr Duhan, representing himself, told Ms Justice Mary Laffoy that the action had been resolved.

The action against both TV Matters BV and RTE Commercial enterprises could be struck out, he said, and that no orders were required against Radius TV Production because it had been struck off the register.

As part of the settlement, it was agreed that some €34,000 that had previously been lodged into court by the defendants is to be paid to Mr Duhan.

Representatives of the defendants told the judge they would consent to the settlement. The judge struck out the action.

Irish Independent

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