Hendricks & Lewis PLLC v. Clinton, No. C12-0841RSL (W.D. Wash. May 18, 2017)
Dan Booth Law is proud and honored to represent George Clinton, a transformative figure in the music industry and in American culture. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his bands Parliament and Funkadelic, his career in music has encompassed everything from doo-wop and ‘60s soul to funk, hard rock, and hip-hop.
Mr. Clinton had been embroiled in decades of litigation when he turned to Dan Booth for assistance. Since 2014, we have represented Mr. Clinton in a variety of licensing and contract negotiations, Copyright Royalty Board proceedings, and litigation matters in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. We are especially proud to have helped Mr. Clinton recover from receivership some of his most valuable assets: the copyrights to four seminal Funkadelic sound recordings, Hardcore Jollies, One Nation Under A Groove, Uncle Jam Wants You, and The Electric Spanking of War Babies. Mr. Clinton proved his ownership of the copyrights in 2005, and the law firm Hendricks & Lewis PLLC (H&L) began suing record labels for infringing uses, collecting $1.2 million in settlements on his behalf, but racking up more than $3 million in legal fees. H&L turned on Mr. Clinton and filed collection actions against him in courts across the country, and in 2012 the federal court in Seattle seized the Funkadelic copyrights, placed them into receivership, and authorized selling them off at auction.
Mr. Clinton brought Dan Booth into the case in 2015, and we succeeded in preventing any judicial sale while Mr. Clinton paid off the balance. After almost five years, the copyrights were vested back to Mr. Clinton in 2017, going from receivership back to the Mothership.
- George Clinton, Brothas Be, Yo Like, George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You? (Atria Books 2014)
- Funk Probosci, Copyright Trolling: How to Rip Off George Clinton and Ruin Hip Hop for Fun and Profit (Mar. 17, 2011)
- Eric Gardner, George Clinton’s Legal Troubles Are A Mystery Wrapped Up In a A Pandora’s Box, Hollywood Reporter (July 31, 2011)
Matthew Bultman, Funk Legend George Clinton Wins Latest Battle With IP Firm, Law360 (Feb. 11, 2015)