Spinal Tap creators resolve UMG dispute

Spinal Tap creators resolve UMG dispute

The creators of This is Spinal Tap have resolved their dispute with Universal Music Group regarding the film's soundtrack recordings.  

Under the agreement, Spinal Tap’s recordings will continue to be distributed through UMG and eventually the rights will be given to the creators.

Harry Shearer said: “I must admit, from the moment we first began mediation with them to now, I’ve been impressed by UMG’s respect for creatives and their distinctive desire to seek a prompt and equitable solution to the issues.” 

Christopher Guest said: "It was refreshing to be treated so constructively and with such courtesy by UMG and I'm pleased we have been able to resolve this."

The original complaint, first filed in the US District Court of Central District of California on 18 October 2016, alleged breach of contract, fraud and anti-competitive business practices in respect of Studio Canal’s management of rights in This is Spinal Tap and its associated intellectual properties.


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