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Plaintiff is based in Portland, Oregon and owns the copyright in a musical work titled “I’ll Be the Light.” J.C. Penney licensed the work for use in an advertisement for a limited clothing line. The terms of the J.C. Penney license specifically excluded use of the work with DVD sales. Nevertheless, the J.C.Penney advertisement showed up on DVDs for the movie Silver Linings Playbook. This unauthorized use allegedly caused another licensee of Plaintiff (a competitor of J.C. Penney) to terminate its own license for the work.

Spread LLC v. The Weinstein Company, LLC et al

Court Case Number: 3:15-cv-01714
File Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015
Plaintiff: Spread LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: Andrea A. Selkregg of Swider Haver
Defendant: The Weinstein Company, LLC, J.C. Penney Corporation Inc., Anchor Bay Entertainment LLC, Marchesa Holdings LLC
Cause: Federal Copyright Infringement, Breach of Contract, Unjust Enrichment
Court: District of Oregon
Judge: Michael H. Simon