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Vivendi has filed a motion with a California district court to dismiss claims made by the co-creators of the cult movie This Is Spinal Tap.


  • Vivendi and Studiocanal claimed their motion to dismiss was brought because the co-creators had failed to state a claim upon which any damages could be granted and that they had also not provided any evidence of fraud as required under federal rule of civil procedure.
  • The two defendants also refuted the termination rights claims, as the music in the movie was made as a work-for-hire.

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  • The research note details the motion for case dismissal filed by Vivendi in the Spinal Tap case.
  • The note details Vivendi's reasoning for all of the accusations made by the movie's co-creators.

Key questions answered

  • Why are the co-creators of the movie This Is Spinal Tap suing Vivendi and its subsidiary Studiocanal?
  • What is Vivendi's reply to the fraudulent accounting claims?

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  • Summary
  • Spinal Tap claims divide rights holders
  • Admiration, absurd claims, and a reality check
  • Rights claims and termination rights


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