Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Dimension Films

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Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Dimension Films
by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Syllabus
Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Dimension Films, 410 F.3d 792 (6th Cir. 2005), is a court case that has proved important in defining American copyright law for recorded music.…The court, with this ruling, created a bright-line test resulting in any unlicensed sampling would be considered copyright infringement.— Excerpted from Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Dimension Films on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT

No. 02-6521
BRIDGEPORT MUSIC, INC.; WESTBOUND RECORDS, INC.,
Plaintiffs-Appellants,
SOUTHFIELD MUSIC, INC.; NINE RECORDS, INC.,
Plaintiffs,

v.

DIMENSION FILMS; MIRAMAX FILM CORP.,
Defendants,
NO LIMIT FILMS LLC,
Defendant-Appellee.

No. 03-5738
BRIDGEPORT MUSIC, INC.; SOUTHFIELD MUSIC, INC.; NINE RECORDS, INC.,
Plaintiffs-Appellants,
WESTBOUND RECORDS, INC.,
Plaintiff,

v.

DIMENSION FILMS, et al.,
Defendants,
NO LIMIT FILMS LLC,
Defendant-Appellee.

Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Middle District of Tennessee at Nashville.
No. 01-00412—Thomas A. Higgins, District Judge.

Argued: March 28, 2005

Decided and Filed: June 3, 2005


[Citation: 410 F.3d 792 (6th Cir. 2005)]

ARGUED: Richard S. Busch, KING & BALLOW, Nashville, Tennessee, for Appellants. Robert L. Sullivan, LOEB & LOEB, Nashville, Tennessee, for Appellee. ON BRIEF: Richard S. Busch, D’Lesli M. Davis, KING & BALLOW, Nashville, Tennessee, for Appellants. Robert L. Sullivan, John C. Beiter, LOEB & LOEB, Nashville, Tennessee, for Appellee. Marjorie Heins, BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE AT NYU SCHOOL OF LAW, New York, New York, Paul M. Smith, JENNER & BLOCK, Washington, D.C., Fred von Lohmann, ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION, San Francisco, California, Todd M. Gascon, LAW OFFICE OF TODD GASCON, San Francisco, California, for Amici Curiae.

Before: GUY and GILMAN, Circuit Judges; BARZILAY, Judge.[*]