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Co-Writer Wants Recognition
Highest Court E.D. Missouri
Year Ended 2002
Plaintiffs Johnson, Johnnie
Defendants Berry, Chuck
Music Publisher(s)
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Keyboardist for Chuck Berry's band, Johnnie Johnson, sued for copyright infringement and claimed partial writing credit for some of Berry's biggest hits. The court ruled that Plaintiff's action was time-barred, despite Plaintiff's argument that the statute of limitations did not begin to run until shortly before he filed his complaint when he just realized, due to his lack of legal competence (e.g. years and years of chronic alcoholism), that he had a cause of action at all. Rock legends like Keith Richards and Little Richard had previously told Johnson of his likely co-ownership (which the court assumed he would have legally had), and that put him on notice long before filing his complaint, whether he'd been drunk or not. Johnson is the subject of the documentary "Johnnie Be Good." - LSW & SKR

Legal Issues
Business Associations Fiduciary Relationships Fiduciary Duties
Copyrights Infringement Reproduction & Distribution/Dissemination
  Ownership Declaratory Judgment
    Joint Authorship, Works-for-Hire & Derivative Creations
General Equitable Remedies Accounting
Torts Economic Torts Fraud, Misrepresentation & Inducement


Opinions Johnson v. Berry
228 F. Supp. 2d 1071
E.D. Missouri , October 22, 2002 ( No. 4:00CV1891-DJS )


Johnson v. Berry
2001 WL 668569
E.D. Missouri , June 11, 2001 ( No. 4:00CV1891-DJS )


Johnson v. Berry
171 F. Supp. 2d 985
E.D. Missouri , June 11, 2001 ( No. 4:00CV1891-DJS )


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Related Searches Parties
Berry, Chuck ( Defendant )
Johnson, Johnnie ( Plaintiff )
Music Publisher(s) ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Business Associations / Fiduciary Relationships / Fiduciary Duties
Copyrights / Infringement / Reproduction & Distribution/Dissemination
Copyrights / Ownership / Declaratory Judgment
Copyrights / Ownership / Joint Authorship, Works-for-Hire & Derivative Creations
General / Equitable Remedies / Accounting
Torts / Economic Torts / Fraud, Misrepresentation & Inducement

Courts
E.D. Missouri (highest court)


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