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KABEHIE v. ZOLAND, B148827

State law causes of action, arising out of contracts for the purchase of exclusive rights to music compositions, are preempted by federal copyright law only to the extent they assert rights equivalent to those protected by federal copyright law, are not preempted if they require elements qualitatively different from elements of a federal copyright infringement action.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 09/26/2002
  • Published 09/26/2002

Judges

  • GRIGNON, Acting P.J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  •  Thomas N. Cano, Woodland Hills, for Plaintiffs and Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Law Offices of Steven T. Lowe and Steven T. Lowe, Los Angeles, for Defendants and Respondents.
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