• Representation of the Estate of Michael Jackson with respect to IP issues, including copyright, trademark, the unauthorized use of Michael Jackson’s name, likeness and persona.
  • Representation of singer/songwriter Jackson Browne in a highly publicized lawsuit against Senator John McCain, the Republican National Committee and the Ohio Republican Party for the use of Browne’s famous song “Running on Empty” in a campaign commercial during McCain’s 2008 campaign for President.  The settlement of the case included a public apology and a pledge by the Republican National Committee to obtain licenses for the use of copyrighted materials in future campaigns.
  • Representation of David Byrne, leader of the celebrated band Talking Heads, against former Florida Governor Charlie Crist for copyright infringement based on the unlicensed use of Byrne’s song “Road To Nowhere” in a campaign commercial, as well as a claim for trademark infringement based on the unauthorized use of Byrne’s endorsement.  In April 2011, the firm obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of Byrne.  Securing another victory for artists’ rights, the settlement included a video apology from Crist posted on YouTube.
  • Representation of Sanctuary Records, Ltd. in an action brought by Beach Boy Mike Love for copyright infringement, trademark infringement, Lanham Act violations, and unfair business practices stemming from a promotional CD with Brian Wilson containing recordings of Beach Boys songs.  KWIKA obtained summary judgment on behalf of Sanctuary.

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