Firm represents indie rock favorite Brian Jonestown Massacre in copyright fight
August 28, 2013 – Partner David Given filed suit today in San Francisco federal court on behalf of THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE. The case brings to a head a dispute over music copyrights belonging to the band's legendary founder and leader, Anton Newcombe, which first arose following the use of "Straight Up and Down" in the opening credits of the HBO hit series BOARDWALK EMPIRE. A prolific singer-songwriter and recording artist, Newcombe has authored over 150 songs in a 15-year period and been responsible for conceiving, producing and recording all of the band's dozen or more record albums. The band has had a revolving cast of players over the years, with Newcombe always at its core, achieving cult-status following the 2004 release of the award-winning motion picture DIG! which highlighted the interaction of Newcombe with his counterpart in the DANDY WARHOLS, Courtney Taylor. The case has been set for a November 27th hearing.