Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Richard Reinhardt, who used the name "Richie Ramone" when he performed as a drummer with the Ramones punk rock group, has lost his suit to collect royalties for digital uses of the songs he wrote for the group. Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the use of the phrase "now or hereafter known" in the contract covered the invention of new technology including the Internet. Read more here. The case is Reinhardt v. Wal-Mart Stores, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32119 (decided April 18, 2008).