This decision against 1980s pop group Duran Duran is a useful reminder of the need to ensure that all your contracts and your rights under the general law are aligned to achieve the result you want. This is especially the case when various different jurisdictions are involved.
Notice provisions in contracts must also be carefully observed otherwise you may find that a notice you have served is invalid and you are out of time to serve a valid one. As the report suggests may have been the case here, you can also find yourself in breach of contract if you purport to serve notices you are not entitled to.
All of which calls for careful scrutiny of all relevant documents and provisions before you take any action. Of course sometimes the provisions will not be clear in which case you may find it 'leaves you answered with a question mark' rather than 'finding treasure in the dark'.
Pop group Duran Duran have lost a High Court fight to reclaim the US rights to some of their most famous songs.Simon Le Bon and other members of the group had argued that US copyright laws gave them the right to call for a reversion of copyright after 35 years.But lawyers for Gloucester Place Music Ltd, part of EMI Music Publishing, successfully argued that English laws of contract stopped them from doing so. Girls on Film, Rio and A View to a Kill were among the disputed tracks.