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Friday, March 20, 2015

Composer's Heirs Sue Over CBS' Use of Original "Hawaii 5-0" Theme

Remember that propulsive, beat-heavy theme song for the original television series Hawaii 5-0? CBS is reusing it in the reboot, and the late composer Morton Stevens' children have filed a lawsuit alleging that the network does not actually have the right to do so.  Based on a Supreme Court ruling last year, the Stevens heirs say that the statute of limitations hasn't tolled on their rights to claim reversion rights in the song. CBS says it will "vigorously defend" its position. More here from The Hollywood Reporter.

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