Thursday 17 October 2019

Copyright case over 'One Direction' song struck out

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Tim Healy

A singer-songwriter's High Court action against all five original members of boy band One Direction and others for alleged copyright infringement has been struck out on consent.

David Lewis Smith had claimed the One Direction release "Night Changes" infringed his musical work.

The Night Changes song was released by the group in 2014 and featured on their fourth studio album "Four."

The claim, which was denied, was against the four current members of the band Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, and also against Zayn Malik who left One Direction in 2015.

The claim was also against parties, including UK songwriter Jamie Scott and US songwriters Julian Bunetta and John Ryan who wrote and produced Night Changes.

The other defendants were Simco, the production company behind The X Factor; Big Deal Music, a publishing company that in 2013 John Ryan allegedly signed a contract with; Universal Music Publishing; EMI Music Publishing and Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd.

The case was briefly mentioned before Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds on Thursdays when she was due to fix a date for the hearing of a pre-trial discovery application on behalf of Mr Smith.

However, the court was informed that hearing date was not required and with the consent of all the parties the entire proceedings could be struck out. 

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