Lynyrd Skynyrd Breach of Contract

In Orlando breach of contract lawyer news, about a year ago, Variety and Rolling Stone announced that former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle would be the co-author and producer for a biopic focused on the 1977 plane crash that killed the band’s original frontman Ronnie Van Zant and other original band members.  The film will also portray the drummer’s close personal relationship with the late Ronnie Van Zant, and tell other tales of the band.

The upcoming film will reportedly be Pyle’s life story and not an authorized Lynyrd Skynyrd biopic.  While the studio has rights to Pyle’s likeness, it seems they do not have similar permission from other people whose likenesses will be portrayed in the film.  The movie is said to feature original compositions by Pyle, but permission would be needed from the other band members, even deceased ones, to use any of the band’s music if they choose to.

Deceased members would have to consent through whoever now owns their portion of the rights in the band’s music, which is usually the estate of the deceased musician.  Guitarist and founding member Gary R. Rossington, along with representatives for the estates of deceased original band members Ronnie Van Zant and Steven Gaines, have filed suit for breach of contract against Pyle and the production company Cleopatra Films, and seeking an injunction to permanently block production and distribution of the film.  This could stop the film, which recently began filming, in its tracks and delay it for quite a long time as the parties battle out this lawsuit in the court system.

Call the Spence Law Firm today with your breach of contract questions in Orlando, Florida.

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